How to get involved in Earth Hour
Earth Hour 2013 is drawing near and on Saturday March 23 at 8:30pm-9:30pm, the world will unite to protect our precious planet. Across the globe, Earth Hour’s “I Will If You Will” campaign on YouTube has attracted 4 million participants and has already received more than 200,000 commitments from individuals, businesses, organisations and governments, all taking action and making changes that will endure well past the hour to help our Earth.
Here in Australia we have one of the world’s largest ecological footprints and over half of our footprint is due solely to greenhouse gas emissions. Did you know that the average household emits around 14 tonnes of greenhouse gasses each year? If we each do our part to make small changes to the way we use energy, it all adds up and we can work together to rescue the fragile state of our planet.
The first steps to get on the right path to saving energy are as simple as switching off unused lights and switching off appliances that are just on standby. A great way to have a bigger impact on your energy usage is to switch your lighting over to LED technology. LED lights are super energy efficient and use around 85% less energy than halogen or incandescent lighting, not to mention having a significantly longer lifespan than other types of lighting.
Using a ceiling fan is another way to save energy. If you use a fan in conjunction with your air conditioner you can actually save up to 40% on your power bills as it provides better circulation and distributes the cool air much more efficiently. Most ceiling fans are reversible which means they can be changed to a ‘winter mode’ to push warm up from your heater up against the ceiling and back down the walls which can reduce heating costs by up to 10%.
If you’re really serious about saving energy and helping our planet, you might consider Beacon Solar. Solar electricity is a renewable resource which won’t run out. Visit beaconsolar.com.au to get an instant estimate on a solar power system that suits your household’s needs.
It’s easy to get involved and participate in Earth Hour. Take it as a starting point and you’ll be looking for ways to save energy all year round!
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