Earth Hour 2009 Electricity Use
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Earth Hour 2009 Electricity Use

restaurant-lights-2  I learned that the recent Earth Hour event in Hong Kong has cut electricity use by about 5%. That’s because 2.9 million (count me in!) out of 7 million total Hong Kong population joined the move to address global warming, according to WWF Hong Kong.
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/>That 5% power consumption reduction translates to 262 megawatts, quite significant achievement for people who number half of total population to shut down lights (and other appliances) for an hour or more. That figure is also equivalent to 170 tonnes of carbon dioxide – amounting to the carbon emissions from 4.4 million 60-watt light bulbs or the use of 500,000 20-inch LCD televisions for one hour.
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/>Somehow, the results of Earth Hour has proven that people can make a difference when they are willing to contribute. And it helped others feel aware of what climate change is and how citizens can contribute. The sad truth is that we only enjoy this once in a year. It’s not sustainable and does little to mitigate the problems of global warming.
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/>After too much fanfare and publicity showing people lighting up candles to replace electric lights, everything’s back to normal: lights on restaurants are free to outshine other restaurants, like the new restaurant in my neighborhood called “Wide Way Restaurant” that emits such bright dancing lights in a hypnotizing fashion.
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/>The government did more harm than good when it introduced electricity subsidy where a portion of electric bill was shouldered by Hong Kong government. Such “help” only encouraged misuse of power and perhaps only Hongkong Electric and CLP Power were smiling in the end.
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/>Photo credit: mrfink