Earth Hour is a global grass-roots movement that encourages individual, corporate set ups, governments and businesses around the world to take a step towards a better planet by switching off their lights for one designated hour. It is a movement that encourages everyone to save power and energy.
Started in 2007, as a movement by WWF in Sydney, this soon gained momentum and today it is celebrated by many countries worldwide. The main mission remains the same; switch off the power for one hour. Earth Hour is celebrated on the last Saturday of March and this year it falls on 29th March, 2014.
How can YOU make a Difference?
All that you need to do during Earth Hour is to try and eliminate the use of any non-essential electric product. This can be as simple as shutting off all lights and sitting by candle light*or go for a walk with your family. This is a good time to involve the kids also and make them understand the power of saving power and conserving energy. If you cannot shut off lights for an hour, then turn off your gadgets like the television, computers, tablets, stereo systems and video games or any other gadgets that can be consuming energy. Remember to plug them off from the mains and switch off completely so that you are not using any power.
There are many ways that you can show support for the Earth Hour. Did you know that by just being a part of the event, you are also creating an awareness about the cause to the people around you? At the end of the event, reports are released on letting people know how much energy was conserved by the efforts in just one hour. If you could save that kind of energy in a day, just imagine what you could achieve eliminating unnecessary usage of power on a daily basis.
We’ve listed 9 simple tips for you to follow that can help you conserve energy and power on a daily basis.
- Switch off lights when not in use; the most basic of them all. Why do you even need to wait for Earth Hour to do this? Practise this on a daily basis and you will be amazed to see how much money you will save on bills.
- You may have switched off the television, computer and the laptop, but make it a point to unplug the devices and gadgets so that it is not consuming any power at all.
- Turn off the air conditioning when not in use. AC’s consume a lot of power and when used judiciously, it can help to save energy.
- Don’t over use the hot water wash facility in your washing machines. Hot water can consume more energy, Opt for washing in cold cycles when you can.
- Use energy start appliances because they use a fraction of the energy in comparison to older appliances and it can also make your electricity bills lesser.
- Set your fridge temperature to the required temperature and keep a look for leakages as they can consume more energy than required.
- Use CFL bulbs because they consume less power they also last up to ten times as long in comparison to a normal bulb.
- Have you thought about planting a tree? This is one of the best things you can do for your environment. Planting a tree adds green to the environment, provides a habitat for the birds and also helps remove carbon dioxide from the air and replaces it with oxygen.
- Dry your clothes in a clothesline and avoid using a dryer. Using a dryer consumes more energy and drying in the sun can also help kill any bacteria, not to forget that it does not consume any energy!
* If you plan on burning candles during Earth Hour, try to use 100% soy candles, which are gentler on our planet – smoke free, non-toxic and non-allergenic.
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