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 PostPost subject: It's So Dark In Here!        Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:08 pm 
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It's 8.07PM local time, and my house is pitch-black. The glow of my monitor is my only source of light. Anyone else taking part in Earth Hour?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:14 pm 
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No, i dont.
And if i did, only my computer and TV were on.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:16 pm 
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No, i dont.
And if i did, only my computer and TV were on.


I'm running my lights in my room from renewable energy, so that counts :P

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:49 pm 
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I am only using my room light when its dark (Fluresend light, 1 bar of 40watt).

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:52 pm 
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Most of the lights in our house are 11watt energy saving bulbs so we already save a huge amount of power. The lights in my room are all powered by solar energy with the power stored in a battery during the day. I do have normal lights as well, 3x60watt bulbs but they are rarely used.

As you can see I already save a lot of electricity without having to take part in Earth Hour :)

www.repowered.co.uk shows all my solar equipment for anyone interested.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 11:59 pm 
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We turned our lights out hooouuurrrsss ago (We're only half an hour behind Sydney here in Australia.) Needless to say, Earth Hour was kind of dangerous, everyone at my house somehow injured themselves in the dark :^)


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:09 am 
All our bulbs have been converted to the lower wattage ones..last longer anyhow..

Where I live, it's already dark anyhow..lol woods..

Andy.. yea I'd love to one day slap some solar panels on the roof of my home..


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I don't really like these things since they don't do anything in all reality. Great you shut off a bunch of lights for an hour, now what? You're gonna turn them back on eventually 8-) it would make more sense for people to actually cut back over an entire month rather than a single hour.

Although for the record when I'm home alone the only things that are on are two computers, a hall light and my monitor (and occasionally my Xbox and TV)


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:09 am 
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Lol completely forgot about this. But we werent home till 9 so that counts ha.

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Well, about 85% of the house lights are low wattage CFL bulbs (the other ones are outdoor, specialty or dimmer), all the monitors are energy star compliant (All post Y2k) and the electronics are set to turn off when not in use, I think we are doing OK, compared to the rest of this country.

Andy, if I had the money, I'd totally buy some panels, but I'm broke.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 5:17 am 
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Your low power CFL bulbs will leak undoubtedly do much worse contaminating who knows what with mercury. Don't pretend like you will dispose of them properly. It is too much effort and costs money in most cases.

Anyway, this Earth hour is complete news to me. Maybe because I am a stupid american. I had my air conditioner on full blast because it was 97 degrees in here.

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the city christchurch here did it and i think they saved about 12% for the hour


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We turned our lights out hooouuurrrsss ago (We're only half an hour behind Sydney here in Australia.) Needless to say, Earth Hour was kind of dangerous, everyone at my house somehow injured themselves in the dark :^)


Then we also did that earth hour, but when it hid us, it was at night when i was sleeping.

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Your low power CFL bulbs will leak undoubtedly do much worse contaminating who knows what with mercury. Don't pretend like you will dispose of them properly. It is too much effort and costs money in most cases.

Anyway, this Earth hour is complete news to me. Maybe because I am a stupid american. I had my air conditioner on full blast because it was 97 degrees in here.

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CFL bulbs do not leak under normal use, and they contain such a small amount of mercury that even a few leaked into the air wouldn't matter. Most councils will have a special way to dispose of them. Most tell you to put it in your normal recycling boxes, but others tell you to take them to certain supermarkets where they give you a bag to put them in and then the super market will dispose of them. Thats what they do around here at least, so its not exactly out of your way or costly to dispose of it properly. We've been using the same bulb for years anyway and we've not had any go on us yet. Some of them are on 8 hours a day.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:58 am 
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RentedMule wrote:
Your low power CFL bulbs will leak undoubtedly do much worse contaminating who knows what with mercury. Don't pretend like you will dispose of them properly. It is too much effort and costs money in most cases.

Anyway, this Earth hour is complete news to me. Maybe because I am a stupid american. I had my air conditioner on full blast because it was 97 degrees in here.

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Never heard of Earth hour either. And saying CFL's are the solution to the old power hungry lamps is like saying that Plastic Bags are the solution to Paper Bags - yes, you saved some [censored] trees, but those bags don't degrade and they're made from oil. Not much of a trade-off.


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RentedMule wrote:
Your low power CFL bulbs will leak undoubtedly do much worse contaminating who knows what with mercury. Don't pretend like you will dispose of them properly. It is too much effort and costs money in most cases.

Anyway, this Earth hour is complete news to me. Maybe because I am a stupid american. I had my air conditioner on full blast because it was 97 degrees in here.

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A CRT monitor can contain as much as a thousand grams of mercury. Yeah. I think that is a bit worse to dispose of. Ever thrown one of those away?

BTW, the Ohio EPA says that there are recyclers in the state, but if you must throw them away, wrap them in thick plastic.

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Lol my grandpa put a CRT monitor in the dump :o . But other then that sadly all my bulbs are iridesent.

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...sadly all my bulbs are iridesent.


Incandescent you mean ;) lol

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