Try These 27 ways To Celebrate Earth Hour

March 23rd, 2009 BY Craig Baird | 1 Comment

Earth Hour is an initiative that is becoming a worldwide phenomenon.
Last year, during its first worldwide observance, 36 million to 50 million
people observed by turning off their lights for one hour. During that hour,
hundreds of tons of carbon dioxide emissions were saved from going into the
atmosphere. Will this year be bigger and better than 2008? The World Wildlife
Fund, which runs the initiative is hoping so, and so are environmentalists all
over the world.

 So, how can you observe Earth? Here are 27 ways to observe Earth Hour
and make a bigger difference in the environment.

  1.  Turn
    off your lights: This is an easy one because that is what Earth Hour is
    all about.
  2. Unplug
    your electronics: Earth Hour is not just about turning of lights in your
    home, it is also about energy conservation. Unplugging your electronics is
    a good way to conserve energy in your home.
  3. Turn
    off the television: When was the last time your family and you sat around
    with candles, just talking, playing a game, or reading? The television
    uses energy, so turn it off for the hour and discover the art of
    communication and reading again.
  4. Replace
    incandescent bulbs with CFLs: CFL bulbs not only use about one-fifth of
    the energy that a typical incandescent light does, they also last up to
    ten times as long.
  5. Turn
    off the porch lights: Some homeowners only turn off the lights inside
    their house, while leaving their porch light on. For Earth Hour, how about
    turning off that light too?
  6. Turn
    off the computers: Just like the television, computers draw power and if
    you are not using them, why not turn them off for that hour to help
    conserve energy?
  7. Talk
    to your neighbors: Last year, while our lights were off, several of our
    neighbors still had their lights on. A good way to observe Earth Hour is
    to talk to your neighbors and ask them to turn off their lights for Earth
    Hour. You can make it a block-wide initiative that serves as an example to
    the rest of your community.
  8. Go
    for a walk: With all the lights off in your neighborhood, going for a walk
    can be a great experience. With less lights, especially in a small
    community, you will see more of the stars. As well, you will develop a
    greater appreciation for the outdoors and realize the affect light
    pollution has.
  9. Eat a
    cold dinner: It takes energy to make a hot meal, and that energy means
    carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. During Earth Hour, why not make a cold
    meal of salad, sandwiches and more. One cold meal a week with your family
    can greatly reduce the amount of a carbon footprint that you have.
  10. Turn
    off the heat or air conditioning: Earth Hour, as we have said, is about
    energy conservation. Heating and cooling a home is the third largest
    source of carbon dioxide emissions in the world, so why not turn off the
    air conditioning or heating during Earth Hour? It is only for one hour, so
    your house won’t get that cold or hot.
  11. Create
    an energy conservation schedule: With your family during Earth Hour, try
    and create a schedule that will allow you to reduce energy. Scheduling a
    cold dinner, allocating one hour a week to having everything off, and more
    can help you reduce your carbon footprint, and help get your family
    involved in the process as well.
  12. Don’t
    drive: During Earth Hour, the desire to go out and get something to eat or
    do something may be strong. However, by driving your car during Earth
    Hour, you are negating the very carbon dioxide emissions that you are
    reducing back home with the lights off.
  13. Have
    a camp fire: The emissions from a camp fire will be very small, so you are
    not negating what you have done with the lights in your home. Plus, having
    the family sit around a camp fire can be a lot of fun and you may notice
    you are out there even after Earth Hour has passed.
  14. Gather
    up your recycling: During Earth Hour, help conserve energy by gathering up
    everything that can be recycled so you can take it to the recycle depot
    the next day. Recycling saves thousands of tons of carbon dioxide every
    day, so it is important that we all recycle whatever we can to help the planet
    and to reduce our carbon footprint.
  15. Install
    solar panels: Solar energy is free, plentiful and effective. The sun
    releases more energy in a year, than our civilization could use in a
    thousand years. Putting a solar panel in, while expensive at first, will
    save you money in the long run. If you can’t put in a solar panel, they
    you could just install some solar lights outside in the yard rather than
    using electric lights to illuminate the backyard.
  16. Turn
    off the ceiling fans: While ceiling fans are great at cooling down rooms,
    or even warming them up, during Earth Hour you can conserve the energy and
    turn off the ceiling fans.
  17. Make
    tea on the stove: If you need to make tea then instead of using your plug
    in kettle, you can use the stove (if possible). Heating up a kettle on the
    stove will use one-third the energy that a plug in kettle does.
  18. Make
    the commitment to always wash clothes in cold water: About 80 to 90
    percent of the energy that is needed for washing clothes comes from
    warming up the water. To conserve the energy, in the spirit of Earth Hour,
    wash your clothes in cold water.
  19. Dry
    clothes on the line: If possible, use Earth Hour to make the commitment to
    begin drying your clothes on the line, rather than drying them in the
    dryer, which uses a lot of energy to get those clothes dry. Using the line
    uses the power of the sun to dry your clothes. It is free, effective and
  20. Find
    the leaks: During Earth Hour, take a candle and go around to all the
    windows and doors in your home. If the candle flickers when you are
    standing next to a window, it means that there is a leak. Take some
    caulking and seal up that leak. By sealing leaks in your home, you can
    greatly reduce the amount of energy that is lost in heating it.
  21. Unplug
    the chargers: During Earth Hour, make sure you have not only unplugged all
    your electronics as we mentioned, but unplug the chargers for your cell
    phones. Even if your cell phone is charged, the charger is still drawing
    power. If you just have the charger connected to the wall with no cell phone
    attached, it is also still using energy.
  22. Go
    Energy Star: During Earth Hour, you should make the commitment to replace
    your old appliances with Energy Star appliances. Energy Star appliances
    use a fraction of the energy that older appliances do and will save you
    money in the long run. Make sure you recycle your other appliances
    properly if you replace them.
  23. Use
    the dishwasher: If you are going to do dishes during Earth Hour, you can
    use the dishwasher. Many people find this odd but an energy efficient dishwasher
    not only use half the energy and one-sixth the water than washing dishes
    by hand.
  24. Purchase
    Carbon Offsets: During Earth Hour, calculate how much energy you use and
    then buy carbon offsets. Carbon offsets mean that you have given money to
    something that either plants trees, or invests in green energy. That way,
    the energy you do use is offset so you are at zero for your carbon
    emissions. Don’t use this as a catch-all though.
  25. Fix
    the leaks: Go around your home during Earth Hour and look for any leaking
    taps. Dripping taps waste 9,000 liters of water each year. Being energy
    conserving means you also need to conserve water. This is what Earth Hour
    is all about.
  26. Plant
    a tree: Possibly one of the easiest, and best things you can do for your
    environment is planting a tree. The planting of a tree not only brightens
    up an area and provides a habitat, it also removes carbon dioxide from the
    air and replaces it with oxygen.
  27. Set
    the fridge temperature: Set your fridge temperature to between two and
    five degrees Celsius. Have your freezer set to between minus fifteen and
    minus seventeen Celsius. Also, make sure the door of the fridge closes
    tightly. If you can put a five dollar bill in the door and pull it out
    when the fridge is closed, then energy is leaking out.

Doing all these things, or even some of them in celebration of Earth
Hour can save a lot of carbon dioxide and maybe even save the world if we all
jump on board and battle global warming, instead of waiting for governments to
do it for us.

  1. Mary Q Contrarie

    Great ideas. On how to make long lasting positive changes. I just wanted to expand on your suggestion to use a clothesline. Since many neighborhoods do not allow clothes lines and often the weather does not cooperate for outside hanging a clothes drying rack will get you the energy savings year round.

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