March 27th 2008
Are you ready for Earth Hour?
On the night of Saturday March 31 last year, Magnetic Island quietly excelled itself as a community prepared to demonstrate what it could do about climate change. This Saturday night it has an opportunity to do even better.
When a huge publicity campaign by the Fairfax press assisted by the WWF called on Sydneysiders to switch off their lights for an hour the power demand dropped by 10%. But on Magnetic Island an 8% drop was achieved on the strength of a late Magnetic Times article and an Island-based email alert.
An Ergon spokesperson, Mr John Fowler, told magnetictimes.com that the reduction of energy over the hour equated to approximately 240kWh (kilowatt hours) saved, which broadly equates to 240kg of green house gases, which equates to taking a car off the road for three weeks.
That may not seem much but Magnetic Island was simply opting in on an event aimed primarily at Sydney.
Ergon's Solar City Community Engagement Manager Julie Heath told Magnetic Times, "Like Solar City, Earth Hour is aimed at encouraging communities and individuals to take simple steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Simple things like turning off appliances while not in use and switching light globes to energy efficient bulbs, will all help reduce our overall greenhouse gas emissions.
"By turning the lights off for an hour from 8pm on Saturday, 29 March, you are taking a great first step, but if you really want to see a difference, make these actions part of your everyday life - and we can show you how to do this during one of our energy assessments.
"We've had some great feedback from residents who have had an energy assessment about how easy it is to commit to conserving energy and saving money. It's terrific to see just how much residents have embraced the Solar City project and I hope everyone will participate in Earth Hour this Saturday as it's united action that will make a difference."
According to the Earth Hour website (click here), Earth Hour was, "Created to take a stand against the greatest threat our planet has ever faced, Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.
(Please note that the Earth Hour banner does not link to the registration for Earth Hour but you can do that by clicking HERE Ed.)
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