On Saturday March 28, 2009 the citizens of the world stood up and called for action on climate change with a simple flip of a swtich. All over the world people turned out their lights for 1 hour from 8:30pm-9:30pm to make a statement to the leaders of this world that it’s citizens are ready to take the challenge of climate change head on! Check out this video from Earth Hour 2009 rolling out across the globe:
Why not make every hour Earth Hour? Well, living without lights everyday could be pretty hard in modern society, but we can at least cut back on our energy use right? An easy way to save energy as well as money on your monthly bills is to slay some vampires…at least the ones plugged into your house! That’s right, I am talking about energy vampires also known as any electronic device plugged in when not in use. Even though the device may not be ON it stills draws energy from the circuit which leads to higher energy usage and bills. According to the EPA the average US home spends $100-$200 extra dollars a year on energy vampires. Just think what you could do with that cash!
Some of the most notorious energy vampires include TV’s, DVD players, cell phone chargers, computers, stereos, kitchen appliances like blenders, toasters, coffee makers and microwaves. How does one slay an energy vampire? Do you throw garlic at your TV? No way! An easy solution to stop those vampires from leeching off the planet is to plug everything into a power strip. Then you can simply switch the powerstrip off or unplug it when not in use. This is especially important in the home entertainment and office areas since that is where many of the really thirsty vampires leark….muahahaha.
If you are in the market for some new appliances or other electronic devices consider purchasing Energy Star qualified products. Energy Star products meet strict energy efficiency criteria set by the US EPA and the US Energy Department. Energy Star rated products include products ranging from home appliances and electronics, to office equipment, lighting, heating and cooling products, and more.
So continue your commitment to Earth Hour by slaying those energy vampires and reap great savings for your wallet and the planet!
So, one day while I was perusing the internet, I stumbled across a group called Carrotmob. They are incredible. They are a group of individuals who believe global warming is a real problem. They also believe that corporations and businesses use the most energy and would do anything for money. That being the problem and solution; they would do anything for money.
For their first event they polled 23 liquor stores in a San Francisco neighborhood. They told these liquor stores that they would bring a crowd of people to buy from them, if they would give a portion of their sales that day towards making their business more energy-efficient. The liquor store that bid the highest percentage, at 22%, won the deal. So, Carrotmob brought in an environmental specialist to investigate the store, it’s energy consumption and the appliances being used. As a result, the environmental specialist provided an estimate as to how much money it would take to make the liquor store energy efficient.
The big day arrived, a Saturday afternoon and a crowd lined the entire block leading to the entrance of the liquor store. Two hours later the last people entered the store to buy some goodies. Luckily, the liquor store sold food and household items as well. People from the crowd were interviewed and all seemed genuinely motivated and touched that an organized buying event could have so much impact. Talks of moving to bigger corporations and making other demands started to sprout.
The store, owned by the Lee family, stated that their average weekday earnings equaled $1800-$2000 and their average weekend earnings equaled $3000. Their hopes were to earn $5000 the day of the Carrotmob event. Believe it or not, they earned over $9000. Three hundred sixty-six pounds of food that was bought, was donated to the San Francisco area food bank. With the help of rebates, enough money was raised for the store to completely redo its light system, lamps, ballasters, pay for the labor for the retrofit, buy new gaskets for the refrigerators and pay the hazardous waste disposal fee.
How incredible is that! All it takes is some organization and bringing people together to demand for greener business choices. Take it to the corporate level and let’s see what can happen. Funny enough, we are the consumers and the reason why things are created. That’s a pretty good position to be in. Let’s collect our money and start negotiating!