Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Making Sure Every Hour is Earth Hour

On Saturday, March 26 2011 at 8:30 PM you might notice things get a little darker. That’s because all across the world people will be observing Earth Hour by turning out the lights. The idea is that for one hour people will conserve as much power as possible so we can see what a huge impact we can all make on the environment. But once the lights come back on, how do we make every hour Earth Hour?

If you’re not familiar with Earth Hour, the event started in 2007 in Australia and has since been observed annually by millions of people in 127 countries. All you need to do to participate is to turn off the lights, the TV etc. for one hour at 8:30 PM. Most people take the opportunity to have a family game night by candlelight or even hold Earth Hour parties. Many city governments get involved by turning off lights on landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge or Sydney Opera House.

Cities have reported drops of power of up 10 percent during earth hour, the equivalent of almost 50 tons of greenhouse gasses.

While this is great and shows what a huge impact working together can make, how do we keep using less electricity after Earth Hour?

  • Turn off the lights! Putting your lights on a timer or motion sensor can help you make sure you’re always using only the lights you really need.
  • Use Energy Star appliances. Making sure that all of your electronics and appliances are energy star compliant will help you cut your power usage considerably.
  • Change a light bulb. Replacing all of the old incandescent and even CFL bulbs with LED lights can help you cut your power bill by 30 percent. That’s equivalent to leaving the lights off for an extra 2.6 hours every day.

So make sure you take the spirit of the event with you past 9:30 next Saturday. Let’s make every hour Earth Hour.

How will you be observing Earth Hour? Are you going to host a party or spend a quiet hour at home? Share by commenting below.

-KS

Links: http://www.earthhour.org/Homepage.aspx

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