Cumberland Beach was dark but the TV’s were on. We checked!
This year’s Earth Hour event, although not earth shattering, was still well observed by our local citizens.
Power stream, which supplies Barrie and York region reported an overall 7.8% decrease in electricity usage over the normal usage for a similar time and day.
This is down slightly from last year (8.9%), and one of the reasons may be because many of us have made the switch to CFL or LED lighting from incandescent bulbs. As of January 2012 our old light bulbs were banned for sale in Ontario, so many of us have made the switch this past year.
Turning off the lights is a symbolic event — meant to raise our awareness of our hydro usage.
It is the opinion of many great minds that “If it can be measured, it can be improved.” If our overall impact from turning off the lights becomes too small to measure, then it is time to find something new to elevate our awareness.
How about turning off everything that has phantom power? (Smoke and CO detectors omitted, of course).
Here at The Shock Doctors, we prepared dinner before 8:30, ate by candlelight, went for a walk, counted all the small blue lights glowing from our many standby devices, and then engaged in awkward conversation and fidgeting for the last five minutes of the hour. I would say our own reliance on our electronics is pretty comprehensive.
We now have a commitment to investigating shut-off bars for entertainment units and office equipment this month.