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Earth Hour

There's a lot of talk about the upcoming Earth Hour.

Frankly, I think its bullshit.

Don't get me wrong, power consumption awareness is a good thing. I just don't think turning your lights off for an hour teaches any lasting lessons.

As a reminder of "WOW am I ever thankful for electricity", it could work.

I have no intentions of turning my lights off or anything like that. I will do my usual thing during that hour.

This is not to say I'm not doing my part mind you. I just bought a Kill-a-watt meter. I want to get some idea of what the devices in my home are /really/ drawing, and maybe make some smarter choices about when my computers and other devices are on/off, etc.


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Mar. 26th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
Now that makes a lot more sense. Sadly, all the Earth Hour does is guarantee that people will be online for an extra hour to blog about it.
Mar. 26th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
if you lived out here in paradise
you would be just filled with the gratitude about electricity. Power failures can do that to a person.

I think big corps need to drop their light user down when the 9-5 crowd exit en masse from office towers. If they can do it for Earth Hour they can do it every night.
Mar. 26th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Oh boy, more useless crap a la Buy Nothing Day. Yay meaningless symbolic gestures. /sarcasm :)
Mar. 26th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
Yep. One whole hour. Hope we don't spend that energy all in one place. Oh wait. We will.
Mar. 26th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
I suppose it depends on your normal usage. Most of the lights are always off at my place. We hardly ever leave lights on if we aren't in that particular room. But like you, I won't be turning off the stuff I'm using just for this event. Though I did see a notice go around work about it, and they are apparently planning on turning down all of the outside signage and encouraging staff to turn down all unnecessary lights for the event.
Mar. 27th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
didnt they prove the LAST time they did this the consumption actually went up a fraction more than usual? or was that the idiot Bush redesigning of the DST date changes.

At any rate Ive been living ala "klein sweater rule" since before Klein said we should all put on a second layer, redillia will attest to the temps I keep the house year round...

seems it doesnt actually matter what amounts I cut back (power, gas, water, etc.) , the amount used totals on average 1/3 to 1/4 my bill. There is no perceived savings, so they cant bait me with that, when 3/4 of my bill is all admin., carriage, handling, nose-picking and slack-ass fees for the companies involved....

Just the solace that no suit and tie dweeb can slag me environmentally... and that Im not stuffing more CO down a tree's throat than it can handle...
Mar. 27th, 2009 10:11 am (UTC)
a lifestyle commitment speaks far louder than a brief act
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