This is the 8th year the Blacksburg Campus has participated in the Lights Out Power Down event.
What happens is the campus is looking to prove that in an emergency situation where a lot of power is being used by the public, the campus can reduce their use if need be so that other power outages do not occur.
They say during these hot summer months, more people use electricity to power things like air conditioning and lights.
So this is a great time especially when the number of students are decreased to test their capibility to use less.
They will also increase their steam energy production which will give more energy back into the grid.
They are doing this by asking people to turn off lights in office or common spaces, turn off personal computers or shared electronics, and unplugging appliances just to name a few.
They say it is a great and easy way to not only conserve energy, but to help the community as well.
The event lasts an hour from 3 to 4pm on Thursday.