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Earth Hour is this weekend, but energy conservation is important all year

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The organisers of Earth Hour are encouraging you to switch on your social power and switch off your power sockets to shine a light on climate action on Saturday, March 19 between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 

To show support for Earth Hour, customers can safely go “off the grid” by turning off all non-essential lighting, appliances and devices. If using candles as a light source, do not leave them unattended. The event is held worldwide annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential electrical appliances and lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.

It was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns worldwide. Today, Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues.

Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Last year, electricity usage during Earth Hour dropped by 3.5%.


  • In the winter months keep curtains open to heat your home naturally; in summer, close them to keep your home cool 
  • Shift your laundry and set your dishwasher to start after 7 p.m. when off-peak prices begin 
  • Turn down your thermostat. For every degree lower, you’ll save up to 3% on heating costs 
  • Unplug appliances and devices that aren’t being used to avoid phantom power 



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