Life is resilient when you give it a chance to bounce back. That’s the message behind this year’s Earth Hour on Saturday 30th March. At 8.30pm this Saturday millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour to show their support for Earth Hour and protecting nature.
Launched by the World Wide Fund for Nature in 2007, Earth Hour participants have grown every year. Since its launch, more than 7000 cities and towns across 187 countries have taken part and switched off the lights to raise awareness of energy consumption and our effect on the planet, its species and environment.
Protecting the planet for future generations
It’s not just about switching lights off at home. Businesses can take part and even iconic landmark lighting has been switched off to raise awareness of this great cause. We’ve nothing to lose and everything to gain. Energy consumption across the planet is higher than it’s ever been, and this affects every one of us – not just now but for future generations to come.
Will you switch off your lights this Saturday 30th March?
Make a difference all year round
- Check that you’re using Energy Efficient LED lighting right through the home.
- Lighting accounts for 15% of a typical household’s electricity charges. You can cut your lighting and energy use by changing the type of bulbs you use.
Which light bulbs are energy efficient?
- There are two main types of energy efficient light bulbs available in the UK. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). Replacing just one traditional light bulb with an LED of the same brightness will save you up to £6 per year. By replacing ALL light bulbs in the home with LED alternatives, you could save about £35 a year on your electricity bills.
- Always turn lights out when leaving a room; it’s a myth that it uses more energy to switch it off and on again. And make use of daylight – be conscious of how many lights you have on and whether they’re all needed.
- If you’re into gadgets, try implementing some smart technology in the home – you can even instruct Alexa to put the lights and heating on before you get home!
- Check you’re getting the best deal from your current energy provider – or compare the best deals through a website like Money Supermarket.