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March 31, 2012


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Considering Earth Hour

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 31, 2012, 10:03 AM

Before you decide to turn off every electronic device/ appliance in your household, consider the following.

Your local power plants constantly generates power, which are distributed through your neighborhood's transformers, and eventually end up in your home at a fraction. These power plants operates on a 24\7 schedule, and the amount of energy they create are not stored in an abundant level, except in the case of fail-safe protocols does a power plant provide minor backup electricity.

SO, by turning off all the electricity in your home, while saving bills on an economic level, does not dictate the fact that you are actually preserving energy. You are just simply not using the constant flow of electricity coming from your local provider.

Secondly, should you participate in total shutdown during Earth Hour, please consider that turning the power back on approximately after the end of the hour, may apply an incredible amount of stress on your local transformer. Reason being that there is a high chance that many people would be turning their power back on simultaneously right after Earth Hour, this causes a sudden, flooding of electrical current in the form of electric surge which can overflow the transformer. That's how your neighborhood may end up with a blown transformer, which by the way, does take days for the city to send a replacement, and at the main time, you'll have a blackout for the next couple of days.

Though the ideology that Earth Hour encompasses the awareness of utilizing and rationing electricity for the good of our environment, it would almost be counter productive and pointless to simply turn off the lights for an hour once every 365 days.

Instead, try turning off the lights after leaving a room. Install energy efficient lights/dimmer lights in your household. Open a window for a breeze, use fans instead of air conditioners from time to time during the summer.

And it doesn't have to stop there with just electricity, I'm sure there are tons of ways out there that are both environmentally friendly as well as economically efficient when it comes to energy consumption.

Don't take showers that are more than  half  hours long. Ride a bicycle, take public transits more often, carpool, put a mop on your baby and make them crawl to clean the floor.

Most importantly: Buy less non-recyclable and crap quality products that will only last you a couple of days/months, only to end up in a landfill for the rest of its days later on.

I hope this entry is a bit helpful in creating a more environmentally friendly community!

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marziyyih Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so brilliant.
Armonah Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
This PSA was brought to you by *343GuiltySpark =P
Also, I agree with you :)

"put a mop on your baby and make them crawl to clean the floor."

Haha, I don't know what to think of the fact that those things actually exist! :lol:
krazykrista Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Amen! :)
Aerozopher Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Styrox-Art Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Interface Designer
This statement "put a mop on your baby and make them crawl to clean the floor" is just so full of win.

But yeah, this is how more people should think, instead the media inflates the whole thing and want's everybody to "help the planet"...
JoelWhite Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very true, it's things like this that a lot of people don't consider.
stoffe930 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Let's say this one hour blackout makes a difference in the electricity comsumption. In the long run it will still not make a difference since this hour is just 0.011415525% of the year. And that means, in the long run. You're not saving a lot of energy.

24 * 365 =8760
1h/8760h = 0.00011415525 => 0.011415525%

(I may have miscalculated so do the math yourself if you are unsure :D)
CeridwenTaliesin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You have a point. Cutting on consumerism and using some good sense the year round is much more efficient than turning off the lights for 1 hour. Besides we need electricity to do anything, so why not do something good - with the lights on - in that hour (and make it a habit)? People will benefit much more from it, than from what others do by candlelight in that hour.

I'm sure that the times there were blackouts in my district - decades ago - it didn't benefit anyone anywhere... Thanks for the wise words. :)
lucianovontedizstein Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
well said guilty spark
noisrevortni Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist
I never saw the point to turning everything off for a day. I already turn electronics off when they're not needed, recycle stuff, and all that jazz, so that's good enough to me. All I know is that I love the "lights out" function on YouTube because it pleases my eyes. They need to permanently implement that feature already...
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