Thursday, 26 March 2015

Beyond the Earth Hour: Energy-saving Tips

 Earth Hour is this Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 pm.  

This is a global event that encourages people to switch off their lights and electrical appliances the world over as a statement against man-induced climate change. It is a symbol of our unified strategies and actions to increase awareness about energy consumption and climate change.

This Saturday, let’s make a resolution: reduce our carbon footprints beyond the Earth Hour. Here are a few tips on how we can achieve it.

Lights: Are you using lights more than required? Do you shut-off lights when exiting a room or area? Ask yourself these questions and you might be able to regulate your energy usage in the house. Use natural light sources when possible during day time. And, next time you are ready to replace a bulb, switch to compact fluorescent or LED that saves on electricity.

Invest in energy- efficient appliances: Look for Energy Star appliances. Energy Star is the mark of high-efficiency products in Canada. They save energy without compromising performance in any way. Typically, an ENERGY STAR certified product is in the top 15 to 30 percent of its class for energy performance. Saving energy saves you money and reduces your impact on the environment. For a list of Energy Star certified products, visit:

Trees: Plant a tree or more around the house to save it from direct sunlight. This will reduce the need for using air conditioners in the summer.

Phantom Electricity: Did you know that many electrical appliances will continue to suck energy even when not in use but plugged into the socket? By unplugging underused gadgets, you might save up to 10% of your electricity bill.

Automobiles: Cars use energy and also emit pollutants in the environment. How about walking, biking, or carpooling or using public transit whenever possible? Making smart decisions today can lead to a brighter and healthier future for our children.

I'm sure you have many more tips for the readers here. Share with us your energy-saving tips, and your experience during Earth Hour 2015.

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