Photo: What NOT to do for Earth Hour

Will you do more than turn off lights for Earth Hour?

I've matured a lot since my first Earth Hour — when I peered through my window to see who else turned off lights.

But is it about turning off lights — LEDs, CFLs or otherwise? Or, conserving all types of energy used in your home?

What does Earth Hour mean to you?

I often tell you what to "do", but this year I share what "not to do":

  1. Don't turn on holiday lights.
  2. Don't watch Hockey Night in Canada. (This may depend on your team's current record. I try to cheer for the Oilers, so my TV will be OFF.)
  3. Don't throw CFLs in the garbage (like 50 per cent of Canadian households)!
  4. Don't be afraid of rechargeable batteries.
  5. Don't attempt to finish that sewing, crocheting, knitting and/or cross-stitch project from five years ago!

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I plan to win (I mean play) a friendly game of Settlers of Catan (a board game) by candlelight with some friends I have volunteered to "green". Although IF I had a babysitter, a nighttime snowshoe on the North Shore mountain sounds lovely! There's always next year...

What will you NOT do Saturday, March 29 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.?

Still need a "to do" list? Here are ideas from my local energy provider!

P.S. Live in the Lower Mainland of B.C.? Recycle light bulbs and electronics at The REaDY Summit in Richmond April 26 (and see David Suzuki speak for free!).

Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green

March 25, 2014

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Apr 22, 2014
12:40 PM

I practice Earth Hour every day… our home is as efficient as it can be… LED lighting, CFL lighting, properly insulated, put on another sweater if you are cold, cooking once, eating twice, compost, be mindful of products and excess packaging that comes into my home, eco friendly cleaning products, etc. Many people who actually participate in this thing probably don’t do everything they can to be greener for the rest of the 8759 hours of the year. My cynical 2 cents.

Apr 02, 2014
9:04 AM

Where do I recycle the damned ligthbulbs? I don’t want to throw them in the rubbish, recycling doesn’t accept them, neither does Canadian Tire.

Mar 30, 2014
6:38 PM

Earth hour should be in our hearts on a daily basis. We need to conserve energy, eat cleaner, and try oh try to convince others to follow…here is a tip to conserve, place dead alkaline batteries is the sunshine,a warm spot. They will recharge 85%, AND you can do this 15 more times.Saving money, landfill,and sanity, with the “mom I need batteries”

Mar 29, 2014
6:51 PM

I live in Kitchener, on. If we can’t throw out cfl light bulbs, do we put them in the recycle bin or ?

Mar 29, 2014
1:27 PM

I’m sorry, but candles are sooo wasteful. Led lights are more efficient. Earth hour is such a wasteful gimmick.

Mar 29, 2014
11:54 AM

I will be turning off main breaker and having candlelite chocolate fondue

Mar 29, 2014
11:50 AM

Gonna be playing an unplugged, acoustic and candlelit set at neighbourhood pub. Bands all over Toronto are doing it.

Mar 29, 2014
9:27 AM

We HAVE TO watch Hockey Night in Canada! We are HABS fans and it’s actually televised in Southwestern Ontario. We see so few games, we can’t give one up. All other lights etc., will be off but we can’t have Earth Hour on the same night as Hockey Night in Canada in the future!!!!

Mar 29, 2014
8:52 AM

we will have our annual earth hour pot luck dinner by candle light…at 7 pm the house breaker is flipped off and we have to do everything in a different way…wood cookstove will be keeping dinner and us warm, coffee made in the bodum and dishes washed by hand and candles everywhere…it is a wonderful way to think about changes, the future, alternatives and of course food…

Mar 25, 2014
5:30 PM

Candle burning for 1 hr emits 10g of CO2e compared to 2g for a CFL in Ontario’s average grid mix. That number is lower on Sundays and def drops during Earth hour since demand drops and sources are cleaner. Please don’t promote this essentially do nothing gimmick as real environmentalism. I expect better from the Suzuki foundation.

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