So yesterday there was “Earth Hour” between 8 and 9PM. DId you shut off your lights or turn off the TV?
As some might come to expect… I took it a little farther and convinced my wife to have an “Earth Day”. :) We basically didn’t use anything electrical that wasn’t a basic need. Lights, TV, Computers all stayed off all day (which is why the website wasn’t fixed all day sorry :( ).
We still baked some banana bread in the morning, and did one load of laundry. We spent lots of time outside with the kids… went for a walk between hail storms… After the kids went to bed, my wife and I listened to the radio and played Monopoly.
I tracked our consumption for THursday and Friday… we used 120 and 86kWh respectively. On Saturday, we used 69kWh. A difference of about 13kWh or 20%. Tha’ts quite a difference! If we reduced our consumption that much for an entire billing, we’d save about $80 per bill. (we’re billed every 3 months.)… or about $27/month.
In the end, I think Earth Hour was just as much about realizing all the simple things in life that we miss by focusing so much on our technology and “stuff”. We had a lot of fun yesterday. If every day was Earth Day, we’d do just fine.