Celebrate Earth Hour: Saturday, March 29, 8:30-9:30 p.m.

The City of Evanston invites residents and businesses to participate in Earth Hour by switching off their non-essential lights and other electronic appliances as part of this worldwide event taking place on Saturday, March 29, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. local time.

Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is a global event intended to celebrate a commitment to the planet by turning off non-essential electronics for one designated hour. Ultimately, Earth Hour is intended to empower a globally unified, environmentally-minded community to embrace the opportunities and confront the challenges that come with creating a sustainable world. Resources and tips on energy efficiency for your home or business can be found on the city’s website here>>>

The City of Evanston invites you to share your Earth Hour plans with the rest of the community through social media. To discuss your ideas with other community members on unique and creative ways to partake in earth hour, use the hashtag: #earthhourevanston on twitter, or share your ideas on the City of Evanston’s Facebook page.  Residents, businesses, and all other members of the community are invited to participate!

The City of Evanston will also be observing earth hour by eliminating non-essential electrical functions for the hour as well as by encouraging City staff to observe the event at their homes.

For more information on the global scope of Earth Hour, visit www.earthhour.org

Why Turn Off the Lights?

Turning off the lights for Earth Hour is more than a symbolic gesture, it actually saves energy and money.

  • Lighting accounts for about 11% of home’s energy bills. The best way to save money and energy, even more than replacing your bulb with a more efficient one, is to keep the lights off!
  • If all the lights in the U.S. were replaced with energy efficient lighting (fluorescent and LED vs. incandescent), the U.S. could retire about 90 average size power plants.
  •  Saving electricity reduces CO2 emissions, sulfur oxide, and high-energy nuclear waste.
  •  Replacing a single incandescent bulb with a CFL will keep a half-ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere, over the life of the bulb.
  • CFLs save you money because they last 10x as long as incandescent and use a 1/3 of the electricity.

Sources: Eartheasy.com and Energy.gov

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