Turn it off!

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Nelly Furtado, Fall Out Boy, the Chicago Cubs, the Phoenix Suns, and the Blue Man Group are all doing it. No, they aren’t trying to sell you tickets to their concerts, games or performances, they have joined with Earth Hour (sponsored by the World Wildlife Federation) to commit to turning their lights off on Saturday, March 29th at 8 p.m.

The idea came from Sydney’s successful call to ask their citizens to turn off their lights for one hour. The results were outstanding! 2.2 million people participated and 2,100 businesses, which resulted in a 10.2% energy consumption decrease (www.earthhourus.org). According to Earth Hour’s website, the energy consumption decrease would be equivalent to taking 48,000 cars off the road for a year, if the decrease was sustained.

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This year, main partner cities include Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Phoenix and Atlanta and more! Visit Earth Hour’s website to see if your city is participating and at what time. If you don’t find it, you have the option to sign up your city. Again it starts at 8 p.m.

What will you do with your hour? Play a board game, read by candlelight, take a walk with a friend? Send your photos and/or stories to me, and I will post them on the blog so we can share our “green” experiences!

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One response to “Turn it off!

  1. Yes, this consumes less electricity, but it may actually pollute more. It creates a significant drop in consumption on the power grid, which lowers electrical generation efficiency, and then produces a spike an hour later when everyone turns their lights back on, requiring very inefficient rapid generation of electricity. It would be more responsible to consume less consistently or cycle on/off in groups like a brown-out, e.g., 6 PM, group A turns off; 7 PM, group A comes back on, group B turns off; 8 PM, group B comes back on, group C turns off, etc.

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