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On Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 8:30 pm, I am taking part in Earth Hour - a global event in which millions of people will turn out their lights to make a statement of concern about our planet and climate change.

I want to invite you to join, too! Sponsored by World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour got started just two years ago and is now the largest event of its kind in the world. Last year, more than 50 million participated and the lights went out at the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the Coliseum in Rome, just to name a few. Even Google's homepage went black for the day!

In Israel, President Shimon Peres personally turned off lights in Tel Aviv.

This year, Earth Hour will be even bigger - already 250 cities in 74 countries have agreed to take part including Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and Nashville with more signing up every day. Around the world, cities like Moscow, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Shanghai and Mexico City will turn out their lights.

But Earth Hour isn't just for big cities-anyone can participate. To get a better sense of the event, check out this video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjWD8pbK5t8.

Participating in Earth Hour is easy, fun and free. I hope you will join me for this amazing event.

To sign up, visit http://www.EarthHourUS.org where you'll learn more including ways you can spread the word about Earth Hour, plus creative things to do when the lights go out in case you need inspiration!

We want the US to turn out more lights than any other country in the world during this historic event so please pass this note along to anyone you think might want to take part. Let's all turn out and take action on March 28 at 8:30 pm.

www.EarthHourUS.org

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It's Earth Hour every hour in my home. We don't have porch lights or garage lights, or any other unnecessary lights burning. No stupid Christmas lights either.

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I don't like outside lights myself unless it is a pole light far away just to alleviate the absolute pitch blackness so I can kinda see the outline of the garage a little.  Otherwise I like to have my night vision left alone so I can see.  I don't want to be surrounded by bright lights and not be able to see twenty feet away---because then "the dark"  looks even darker. 
 
Don't want any skunk walkin' right up to the cat's dish and not know about it!   Shocked
 
 
 
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I've already spent nine days and nights in the dark from the ice storm. I WILL NOT BE PARTICIPATING IN THIS B. S.. I do what I can to reduce my power usage not because I'm trying to save the planet, but because it makes good economic sense. I'm plannig on a major retrofit to my house to a passive annual heat storage system, along with solar panals and a wind turbine, but none of it is to save the earth, it is to save the dollar, and make me more independent.
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Now there's a real Greedy Gut don't-give-a-sh*t-about-the-planet attitude.  Let's go have a beer out of a glass bottle and throw the bottle in the trash when we're done.  If they wanna separate it later---be my guest!!    Cheers!!  

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Prefer outside lights off too - screws up star gazing.  Have to turn them on before I let the dog out 'cause of the skunks.
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 Why only an hour?
 If it's such a good idea, let's shut down the power plants for good and wander around in the dark forever!
 After all, an hour isn't going to do much, but forever would do a lot more!
 
 I hate this sort of feel-good nonsense.
 
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Puke.  All day the lights, TV everything but the fridge are switched off or unplugged until we need it and again when we go to sleep.  Al Gore and his energy wasting friends can tamp sand.
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Originally posted by Dogger Dogger wrote:

Prefer outside lights off too - screws up star gazing. 


Agree Dogger.  When we moved from the farm to town, never realized how much light pollution there is.  Most people don't realize how many stars there are until they get away from town.
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Read some sad stories about the last major power failure we had around Toronto.  First time many kids had actually been able to see the Milky Way.
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When we moved from the suberbs to downtown, I spent the first three nights with little sleep because I was getting up to investigate every sound. Finally got so used to the noise that I didn't hear a thing when they broke into my police car three times and my garage twice. When we moved from downtown to the country people told us we wouldn't be able to sleep for a week because of the quiet. Fell sound asleep the first night. I also have no lights on at night, outside or inside.
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Originally posted by RONK RONK wrote:

 Why only an hour?
 If it's such a good idea, let's shut down the power plants for good and wander around in the dark forever!
 After all, an hour isn't going to do much, but forever would do a lot more!
 
 I hate this sort of feel-good nonsense.
 
 
It's not about feeling good. It's about drawing attention on the issue. Many people do wander around in the dark all their lives, but not for lack of electricity.
 
If you don't care about future, what kind of parent are you?
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Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

I've already spent nine days and nights in the dark from the ice storm. I WILL NOT BE PARTICIPATING IN THIS B. S.. I do what I can to reduce my power usage not because I'm trying to save the planet, but because it makes good economic sense. I'm plannig on a major retrofit to my house to a passive annual heat storage system, along with solar panals and a wind turbine, but none of it is to save the earth, it is to save the dollar, and make me more independent.
 
Beltfed, that's good enough for me.
Don't forget to add some more insulation into the walls and to replace the old farm windows with the good stuff. When your water heater dies (i hope soon Smile) check out the instant water heaters). And if you help your wife to hang the clothes on the wires, instead of using the dryer, you'll have a nice chat and family bond, and save money every year for a machine gun or something.  
When all is done, please invite your neighbors and friends to a tea or whatever it is that you imbibe. They'll be interested in your story. 
As far as independence, i am sure that you have contemplated a free standing wood stove that does not require electricity by now?


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Need to look into the instant water heater.  Daughter has one in NZ and seemed to work ok.  Don't think I can get one - no natural gas or propane.  Seems to make sense not using energy when you don't need the hot water.
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Originally posted by bricat bricat wrote:

I prefer a nice plastic bottle, from a styrofoam cooler.
 
Big Smile  Good joke.
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Originally posted by Dogger Dogger wrote:

Need to look into the instant water heater.  Daughter has one in NZ and seemed to work ok.  Don't think I can get one - no natural gas or propane.  Seems to make sense not using energy when you don't need the hot water.
 
I think that they do make instant water heaters that run on electricity as well. The savings there are not energy and $$, but space.
 
There are many models of instant heaters. However, many of them are overengineered, and also need electricty for the pilot light or the exhaust fan. Some models run without a pilot light and without electricity. Those are the best, IMO.   
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Originally posted by anweis anweis wrote:

Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

I've already spent nine days and nights in the dark from the ice storm. I WILL NOT BE PARTICIPATING IN THIS B. S.. I do what I can to reduce my power usage not because I'm trying to save the planet, but because it makes good economic sense. I'm plannig on a major retrofit to my house to a passive annual heat storage system, along with solar panals and a wind turbine, but none of it is to save the earth, it is to save the dollar, and make me more independent.
 
Beltfed, that's good enough for me.
Don't forget to add some more insulation into the walls and to replace the old farm windows with the good stuff. When your water heater dies (i hope soon Smile) check out the instant water heaters). And if you help your wife to hang the clothes on the wires, instead of using the dryer, you'll have a nice chat and family bond, and save money every year for a machine gun or something.  
When all is done, please invite your neighbors and friends to a tea or whatever it is that you imbibe. They'll be interested in your story. 
My biggest expense is going to be removing the insulation from the walls and roof of my house to make PAHS work, and I already have the best windows money can buy. My wife has disabilities that would make it very difficult to hang clothes. I might vent the dryer to the heat sink with an earth tube if it's not to much trouble. As for the water heater it already gets a geothermal assist.
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Just to fill you in, I live in an earthsheltered house, built in 2001. When I built it I tried to use the best ideas and construction I could find. I didn't have access to a computor or had little knowledge on how to use one. While I still don't have much knowledge on how to use one, I do have access and a little more knowledge. I have since discovered that there were technologies that were available that I didn't know about that would have greatly affected the efficency of my house. Some of them I can't change as it would be cost prohibative and/or structually unfeasable, so I will just have to live with it. The one thing I can do is retrofit my house for Passive Annual Heat Storage (PAHS). This is a system that has been around since 1981 and was designed speciffically for earthsheltered buildings. If properly designed and installed it creates a zone of dry earth next to the house that is used as a heat sink or heat storage area that is used to keep the building at an annual constant temperature (approximately 70 degrees) without the use of any power, and provides a source of fresh air. My next goal is to produce more electricity than I use, while I could produce the electricity that I use now (about half of a conventional home of the same size) my first goal is to reduce my use as much as possible and still have a normal life style. The next goal is to pay nothing for power by producing my own.
Like I said earlier, I'm not trying to save the earth (I'm not capable) I'm trying to save a dollar (I can do that). If it helps the earth then so be it, if it keeps a power company from getting my money then great.
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What was the name of that country and western song by Trace Adkins?? "Every Light in the House Is ON"
My house has walls of poured concrete with polystyrene forms with the air layer (6") and brick (5") they are 22.75inches thick (.75 inch drywall).  Insulation is polystyrene foam with a 97% heat exchange barrier.  I have geothermal heating and cooling which supplies about 90% of my hot water needs.  There is slightly over 4500sqft of living space and my average electric bill is lower than my mother-in-law's who lives in a 14x68 trailer next door. 
I won't be participating either. I will, however, be sure to follow the recommendations in Mr. Adkins song...
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Cool KB that's the wall I wish I had on the south of my house, but I can't do it nowSad.
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Solar pannels for my house are 60K!!!!! 
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Originally posted by anweis anweis wrote:

Originally posted by RONK RONK wrote:

 Why only an hour?
 If it's such a good idea, let's shut down the power plants for good and wander around in the dark forever!
 After all, an hour isn't going to do much, but forever would do a lot more!
 
 I hate this sort of feel-good nonsense.
 
 
It's not about feeling good. It's about drawing attention on the issue. Many people do wander around in the dark all their lives, but not for lack of electricity.
 
If you don't care about future, what kind of parent are you?
 Who said I don't care about the future?
 Who isn't aware of the energy problems we have?
(Nobody that has to pay an electric bill every month, I'll tell you that!)
 My point was that sort of thing deludes many people into thinking that they really are doing something to conserve energy, by turning a few lights off for a micro-millisecond in geological time.
 
Kind of like a million-mom march deludes liberals into thinking that they are reducing crime. 
 
And yes, for a great many people, it is indeed about feeling good. They are often college-age idealists who don't really know how to do anything useful, other than run around making all kinds of silly "statements", and "Protests" and getting other useless fools to join them.
 
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