Shelton company works to reduce unneeded office lighting, energy use

Budderfly, an energy management company based in Shelton, is a gold sponsor of a one-day event that encourages landmark buildings to turn off unused office lighting as part of a commitment to save energy and promote conservation.

The second annual Lights Out Hartford campaign will take place on April 25, beginning at 10 p.m.

The goal is to promote a sustained reduction in the use of non-essential electricity throughout the greater Hartford area.

Changing behavior, saving energy

“We need to be raising awareness about wasted energy consumption through events like this,” said John DeGray of Budderfly, a Lights Out Steering Committee member.

“If the lights on just one floor of a typical office building are left on over the weekend, they can use as much electricity as the average Connecticut home consumes in a month,” DeGray said. “Impacting the behavior of people working in our buildings is what this event is all about.”

Thirteen buildings will participate

At the inaugural event in 2012, corporations occupying 1.75 million square feet of space in six buildings participated. This year, 13 building owners or occupants have pledged to participate in Hartford and other communities.

They are Aetna, Capital Properties/Constitution Plaza, CBRE/Travelers, Connecticut Science Center, Konover (three Hartford locations), Legrand (West Hartford), Northeast Utilities, Munich Re/HSB, Northeast Utilities/CL&P (Berlin), Phoenix, and the Siemon Company (Watertown).

Charity reception and signing up

An evening event to witness the “Lights Out” statement will be held at the Connecticut Science Center in downtown Hartford. Proceeds from the Science Center event will benefit Rebuilding Together Hartford, a nonprofit organization that provides home renovations for low-income homeowners.

For information or to register to participate in Lights Out Hartford 2013, go to

About the company

Budderfly provides an integrated hardware and cloud-based software platform to allow building owners and managers to measure and control energy usage. The company’s system is designed to work with existing wiring in buildings.

In 2012, Budderfly was recognized by the Connecticut Technology Council as a “Tech Company to Watch.” Company headquarters is on Trap Falls Road in Shelton.