Earth Hour 2016: Saturday, March 19th from 8:30-9:30pm
Since 2007, millions of people across the world have turned off their lights for one symbolic hour on the last Saturday in March- Earth Hour. This massive collective effort reduced the world’s energy consumption for one hour, and showed us that in working together, we could use less energy.

It started with a question: How can we inspire people to take action on climate change?
the answer: Ask people to turn off their lights for one hour at an agreed time.
With Sydney icons like the Harbor Bridge and Opera House turning their lights off, and unique events such as weddings by candlelight, the world took notice.
Turning the lights off for Earth Hour is a great first step, but if you really want to see a difference, then make Earth Hour part of your everyday life!!
Here are a few simple suggestions:

1) Switch to compact LED or fluorescent light bulbs to save money and reduce emissions. Lighting accounts for approximately 5% of household greenhouse gas emissions, and compact fluros use 75% less energy than an equivalent incandescent bulb.
2) Unplug appliances while not in use. Unplug any appliances like mobile phone chargers, TVs, microwaves, MP3 players, which are not being used and are on standby. Alternately, plug them into a power-bar and turn off the power bar when appliances are not being used. Appliances on stand-by consume electricity.
3) Turn off anything that doesn’t need to be on. A good rule is to turn off anything not being used. When you leave a room or leave the house, turn off your lights or appliances like the TV or computer – this can reduce energy consumption by about 13%.
4) Adjust your thermostats. Lowering the temperature by 3oC for 8 hours/day can reduce heating costs by up to 4.5%. By using less heat and air conditioning, your home will reduce emissions by about 600 lbs/year.
5) Use less hot water. This is not only a good water saving tip, it saves electricity too. Installing a low-flow showerhead reduces emissions by almost 600 lbs/year.

If each of us is careful about the amount of energy we use, we can reduce our impact on the Earth! For more information visit : https://www.earthhour.org/