Make every hour Earth Hour
This Saturday, millions of people around the world will flick off the lights and live in darkness for one hour to raise awareness of global warming. The idea is to live more eco-consciously for those 60 minutes, but many people want to do more than that.
Here are a few ideas from WWF Canada on how to make every hour 'Earth Hour.'
- Leave the car at home. Consider walking instead of driving. You'll get more exercise and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Eat local. Your food will be fresher and will minimize harmful emissions.
- Fly less. Enjoy a local vacation close to your home.
- Be energy efficient. Opt for home appliances with a high energy efficiency. They're better for the planet and will help you save money.
- Use green power. Research if there are green energy providers in your area that provide your home with power generated from renewable energy sources.
- Get a home energy audit. It will show you how your home uses energy and where you can make improvements. It could result in hundreds of dollars in energy savings each year.
- Hang dry your clothes. Instead of using your energy-guzzling dryer, hang your clothes outside or in your laundry room.
- Unplug unused appliances. Electrical devices draw energy even when they're not switched on.
- Tell your local official. Write a letter or email outlining your concern about the environment to your local elected official.
For more information on how you can make a difference during Earth Hour, and every hour, click here for the WWF's website.
Make sure you tune into The Weather Network on Saturday night for our special coverage of this global event