Five Percent: Conserve Energy

Climate Change Is Important: Energy Conservation is the First Step

February 26, 2008

On March 29, Turn Out The Lights for One Hour: Earth Hour

Category: Conservation,Cool Sites,Little Things,Save Electricity,Take Actions – Tom Harrison – 10:29 am

Several readers have posted comments suggesting I look into Earth Hour US. It’s an effort to raise awareness, participants will turn off their lights for one hour on Friday March 29th at 8pm. It’s a small step, of course, but I think we can all learn from taking small steps.

A few years ago, we started taking small steps in our household to conserve energy. Our energy usage continues to fall, year over year since we started; we continue to become more and more aware of how we use energy that provides no benefit. I’ll bet we use at least 1/3 less energy now than in the past, yet none of the changes we have made have made any significant impact on how we live our life. It all started with a relatively small step.

Put the date on your calendar and join the others across the world taking this small first step.


  1. Tom,
    This is great! Please contiue to spread the word. If we all start to take relatively small steps maybe it will combine to a big leap for the planet.

    Comment by Debra Norvil — February 26, 2008 @ 7:04 pm

  2. To paraphrase Neil Armstrong, landing on the Moon, nearly 40 years ago –

    “One small step for MAN, one giant leap for MANKIND?!”

    I just hope that we are JIT and not instead, sadly, a bit JTL.

    Graham Cliff.

    Comment by Graham Cliff — February 26, 2008 @ 9:52 pm

  3. I’m going to do my part by turning off unnecessary lighting and more than likely the TV, too! But it would REALLY help save lots of energy and reduce greenhouse gasses if the majority of unnecessary outdoor lighting was turned off for that hour. Light pollution wastes an estimated $5 to $10 billion dollars annually just to light up the sky! Absolute and total waste! In the U.S., responsible outdoor lighting practices would save natural resources, tax dollars, and reduce CO2 emissions. We can and must do better. After all, who can argue against good lighting?

    Comment by Francis Parnell — February 26, 2008 @ 10:12 pm

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