Earth Hour began as a way to bring awareness to energy usage and conservation. Started in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund, this year’s event will be held worldwide at 8:30 pm local time tonight, March 19th, when participants are asked to turn off any non-essential lights or electronics as a way to conserve energy.
While turning off the lights (and subsequently turning them back on an hour later) may not have a significant impact on overall energy consumption, Earth Hour is a good time to think about how we can all reduce our energy consumption on a daily basis and reduce our carbon footprints.
For ideas on how to reduce your home energy consumption, check out the following links:
EPA.gov: What You Can Do At Home
EPA.gov: Energy Efficiency
NRDC: Energy Saving Tips
You can also calculate your carbon footprint using this calculator from the Nature Conservancy.
For more information about Earth Hour, visit the official website at http://www.earthhour.org/