Sydney Unplugged

Pick 30 major cities, say…. throughout the U.S. (for starters). Unplug one a day (night) for 1 hour. Difference?

Realizing that we ‘sprung’ ahead 1 hour, a couple of weeks earlier than the usual spring schedule, I ask whether we really are ‘saving energy.’ Do we use more energy at night vs the morning? Springing ahead an hour gives us more daylight hours in the evening but less in the morning. What are the stats? I’d like to know how many people are awake in the morning that compelled the law makers (or time changers) to make this change a necessity in an attempt to conserve energy. Or do we know? Is this just an experiment yet?

I still think my idea of 30 @ 1 each day / evening is a better one.

clipped from news.bbc.co.uk
Last Updated: Saturday, 31 March 2007, 10:41 GMT 11:41 UK

Sydney in climate change blackout

Image showing Sydney skyline before and during the blackout

Sydney’s famous skyline (top image) was shrouded in darkness

Lights have been turned off across Australia’s largest city, Sydney, in a hour-long event aimed at raising awareness of global warming.

At 1930 (0930 GMT) the city’s skyline dimmed and normally bright landmarks like the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge went dark.

The so-called Earth Hour is supported by the New South Wales government, environmental groups and businesses.

The city of four million people is aiming to become the first anywhere to achieve a blackout on this scale.

Every day millions of lights and computers are left on in deserted office blocks as well as in apartments and houses.

Campaigners have said that simply switching them off could reduce Sydney’s greenhouse gas emissions by 5% over the next year.

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