Posted 4.1.14 @ 7:0 by: Staff

This year the CBC estimated that millions of people powered down for “Earth Hour”, and the Town of Oakville joined in. Earth Hour is a yearly event where people around the world flick off their lights (and power down their devices) and join together to see how much just an hour makes.

But hey, saving energy doesn’t just save the environment, it saves you money too! Oakville is a city dedicated to ecologically stability: that’s why our city joined in, with an estimated 65% of residents taking part. Did you join in?

60 Countries, 1 Hour

Over 60 countries participated, with the main event being hosted in Sydney, Australia. This yearly lights out celebration helps to remind all of us that no matter where we are, no matter how far we’ve come, it doesn’t hurt to get away from it all for just an hour.

The World Wildlife Foundation created Earth Hour to do something about climate change - knowing that every little bit helps. Just powering down in 60 countries across the world for a single hour can impact the power grid in a big way (the combined energy savings across the globe in a single hour could power Toronto alone for over FOUR YEARS!)

What Can You Do for Earth Hour?

If you missed the event, that’s okay, you can still host an event of your own! It’s a great way to teach the kids (and ourselves) about conserving energy.

  • Turn down the thermostat (but don’t turn it off, if it’s cold!)
  • Turn off all of your non-essential power (obviously, don’t unplug the refrigerator!)
  • Turn off all lights
  • Unplug non-essential devices (TV, DVD/DVR, microwaves, computers, clock radios, anything that could passively consume electricity)

But it’s not Earth Hour if it isn’t fun!

Just because the lights are out doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. Think about planning activities ahead like:

  • Headlamp Scavenger Hunts
  • Eat a Candlelit Dinner
  • Have a Game Night
  • Go Out for Stargazing (if it’s not blowing snow!)

From the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and even the CN Tower in Toronto power down for Earth Hour (though the CN Tower was switched over the LEDs to use less power)

But what can you do to conserve energy year round, without having to take such a drastic measure like Earth Hour every year?

  • Install CFL or LED bulbs (these use anywhere from 75% to 90% less energy that standard bulbs)
  • Fix Leaky Faucets
  • Hit the power button on your power bar at night to cut passive power to electronics when not in use
  • Don’t overfill your refrigerator, but keep the freezer stocked solid
  • Go to the Oakville Conserves Energy Fair in May
  • Borrow an Energy Meter from the Library

There are so many ways you can save energy… but did you know that a home built in the last 10 years is 80% more energy efficient than a home built even 15 or 20 years ago? It’s true, and if you’re looking for a new home in Oakville there’s no one better than the Goodale Miller team to help you out. Give us a call today and see what we can do for you.

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