The operation of lifts in houses consumes up to five percent of the energy. Apart from the actual lift operation, lighting and costly control electronics require considerable amounts of energy. Today, it goes without saying that lifts are built into almost every new house and refurbished building. The ride upwards or downwards is part of the daily routine just like a car ride. It is time to learn how to save energy during this vertical trip: innovative drives, utilization of braking energy and an optimized standby mode provide energy savings of 50 percent.