The Earth Hour of Power

This Saturday night between 8.30 and 9.30pm local time, earnest hippies, browbeaten parents and other folks of conscience will turn off all their lights, sit round a candle and believe they are saving the planet.  Or at least appearing to save the planet, which is the same thing to a hippie.

Then, at 9.30 they’ll give up on attempts to roast a marshmallow over a candle and fire up everything in the house again.  The power companies understand this stunt, which means that lots of spinning capacity will be ready for the end of Earth Hour and not a drop of oil/coal/wind/nuclear energy will be saved.

Even the WWF admits saving energy isn’t the point.  The point is to make a statement about global warming and ‘raise awareness‘.  There is apparently a lone guy somewhere out there who hasn’t heard that Gaia has a fevah and the only cure is more cowbell, or something.  The chances of this sole soul appearing the very moment people sit in the dark ready to raise his awareness may be slim, but you never know.

UK readers may want to participate in the 2011 Earth Hour just to exercise the choice to turn out the lights before the government takes over the switch for them – or not.

Chez Bayonet will be lit brightly, joining in the counter-protest of Human Achievement Hour, a tradition also celebrated by David Menzies, who lives in Toronto and may cause hippie seizures during the darkathon:

“While everybody else has their lights off I will have every light in my house on,” said Menzies, as he prepared for his second installment in mocking the “phony” Earth Hour movement.  He’s also gone a step further. “I have rented four rotating Hollywood movie lights which will light up the sky for miles,” he said. “I don’t need to give you my address because all you need to do is look to the sky.”

take that, Gaia

Other suggested ways to enjoy the life-enhancing benefits of abundant, affordable energy abound – take your pick from the suggestions here.

However you choose to spend Earth Hour, be safe  and remember that setting your house ablaze with an errant candle is bad for Gaia.

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22 thoughts on “The Earth Hour of Power”

  1. If you are on time of use or interval metering then Earth Hour is a great time to put your oven on self-clean. Not the wimpy 500′ self clean either. Crank er up! Do your dishes on high heat and dry and use hot water to wash your clothes again too!

  2. If you are on time of use or interval metering then Earth Hour is a great time to put your oven on self-clean. Not the wimpy 500′ self clean either. Crank er up! Do your dishes on high heat and dry and use hot water to wash your clothes again too!

  3. I was at the pub, but the wonders of modern technology made it possible to set several of those timing things to kick in.
    Upshot of the exercise, lights, oven, heating.

    Let’s hope this year the demand on electricery ™ went up during the greens asshattery.

  4. I was at the pub, but the wonders of modern technology made it possible to set several of those timing things to kick in.
    Upshot of the exercise, lights, oven, heating.

    Let’s hope this year the demand on electricery ™ went up during the greens asshattery.

  5. I turned on all my lights and computers in honor of the hippies. I’ll see if I can find some other things to turn on…it’s cold tonight so I also turned up the heat. Think I’ll blog or tweet more to use up servers across the world also.

  6. I turned on all my lights and computers in honor of the hippies. I’ll see if I can find some other things to turn on…it’s cold tonight so I also turned up the heat. Think I’ll blog or tweet more to use up servers across the world also.

  7. How much did my protest cost me? I lit up every light in my house. Total 31 bulbs@ 100W/bulb OR 3.1KW. They were on for 1hour.

    Energy use= 3.1Kw/hr

    Cost to generate @ $0.038/Kw/hr= 12 cents, 12 onehundredths of a dollar.

    Cost to consumer @ $0.070/Kw/hr= 22cents

    Cost including delivery, regulatory charge, debt retirement and HST – Ontario Clean Energy Benefit(a reduction) @ $0.152/Kw/hr= 47cents !!!!

    YUP 47 cents for an immigrant Scotsman to piss-off all his Birkenstock wearin’ hairy armpit, tree huggin’ unemployed, tie-dyed Gaiagaga worshipping eco-freak hippies.

    There is a God and sometimes he smiles my way!

    All the best…. Jeff

    What a protest! 18yr old Scotch and 47cent electricity… priceless

  8. How much did my protest cost me? I lit up every light in my house. Total 31 bulbs@ 100W/bulb OR 3.1KW. They were on for 1hour.

    Energy use= 3.1Kw/hr

    Cost to generate @ $0.038/Kw/hr= 12 cents, 12 onehundredths of a dollar.

    Cost to consumer @ $0.070/Kw/hr= 22cents

    Cost including delivery, regulatory charge, debt retirement and HST – Ontario Clean Energy Benefit(a reduction) @ $0.152/Kw/hr= 47cents !!!!

    YUP 47 cents for an immigrant Scotsman to piss-off all his Birkenstock wearin’ hairy armpit, tree huggin’ unemployed, tie-dyed Gaiagaga worshipping eco-freak hippies.

    There is a God and sometimes he smiles my way!

    All the best…. Jeff

    What a protest! 18yr old Scotch and 47cent electricity… priceless

  9. Excellent work from evil skeptic readers, and a WUWT blogroll place won too.

    I’d like to thank the academy… oh wait, wrong plaudit. Thanks Anthony, to everyone that visits to read the snark. Or check out the hotties. Or both.

  10. Excellent work from evil skeptic readers, and a WUWT blogroll place won too.

    I’d like to thank the academy… oh wait, wrong plaudit. Thanks Anthony, to everyone that visits to read the snark. Or check out the hotties. Or both.

  11. I put the oven on self-clean, put a load of laundry in the washer and another in the (electric) dryer, plus a load of dishes, plus we already had the electric heat turned on. I checked the electric meter, and from 8:30 to 9:30 we used 11 kWh, almost exactly half a Gore. (A Gore is unit equal to 21.8 kW, the average power consumption of his Nashville estate.)

    Our usual average is 2 kW, so I figure we lit up the equivalent of an extra 90 hundred-watt bulbs that hour.

  12. I put the oven on self-clean, put a load of laundry in the washer and another in the (electric) dryer, plus a load of dishes, plus we already had the electric heat turned on. I checked the electric meter, and from 8:30 to 9:30 we used 11 kWh, almost exactly half a Gore. (A Gore is unit equal to 21.8 kW, the average power consumption of his Nashville estate.)

    Our usual average is 2 kW, so I figure we lit up the equivalent of an extra 90 hundred-watt bulbs that hour.

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