How did you spend your Earth Hour with no electricity?

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    Mar 29, 2008 10:46 PM GMT
    Just getting ready for my hour. I am not sure what I will do. I see the sun is so far set that it will be dark by then.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Mar 29, 2008 10:52 PM GMT
    I just told you, over in my thread.

    I take it that ShawnTO is not cooperating icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 29, 2008 11:12 PM GMT
    ah...i didnt see anyone posting what they were doing during the hour over on your thread....just that it was occuring
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Mar 29, 2008 11:26 PM GMT
    Just for you Caslon, I will post it here again.

    "Well, I did my bit for Earth. I did it for an hour and a half. So pat on the back for me.

    I switched of everything including my computer. I went for a walk, for a half hour on a lonely dark road. Came back stretched for twenty minutes, in candle light and then just lay on my bed for forty minutes or so.

    I think I should get man of the day for that icon_cool.gif"

    Mike
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    Mar 30, 2008 3:55 AM GMT
    I read a book surrounded in a room full of candles and had wine. Then took a nap. It was classy, too bad no one saw me at my finest moment.
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    Mar 30, 2008 4:00 AM GMT
    The last minutes of my hour in the dark is approching. I am listening to music and I'm sipping wine. I'm on call tonight or I'd be walking up the hill to be with the flock. I forgot about it til I flipped on RJ, Thanks Mikephil.
  • UTB1

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    Mar 30, 2008 4:04 AM GMT
    I turned on every light in the house and ran the air conditioner at 68, heated the pool to 86 degrees and sat in the hot tub. What a bunch of crap - how gullible you all are to media hype.icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 30, 2008 4:10 AM GMT
    I turned everything off and left my apt to go grocery shopping. I figured that I may as well occupy a space that wasn't going to turn off it's lights at all, so they wouldn't be completely wasting electricity. Thankfully I took my time, and all the electricity in my house was off for 2 1/2 hours.
  • atxclimber

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    Mar 30, 2008 4:46 AM GMT
    I'm confused about all this. No electricity? Did you guys turn off the main breaker, or you just kind of shut off things like lights?

    I find it hard to believe anyone pulled the plug on their fridge for an hour.

    Also, Onetoughguy, how without electricity can you post to Realjock and listen to music?

    Or was it really just not using lights? Lights don't really consume much of my power usage. Most of my lights are CFLs now, and most of the time they're not on. During the winter my power bill is like $15. It's during the summer when the air conditioning is on that it spikes to $100/mo.

    This whole thing sounds a little odd.
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    Mar 30, 2008 4:51 AM GMT
    I just turned off the light, TV and computer.

    I guess a lot of lights off might accumulate.

    But also it was to remind people to conserve.
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    Mar 30, 2008 5:37 AM GMT
    I had tickets to the Boston Symphony, so all the lights in my house were out. The lights in the concert hall were dimmed for the performance, but no more than usual. I didn't notice any darkened buildings in Boston, but I was indoors for the whole hour.
  • auryn

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    Mar 30, 2008 5:39 AM GMT
    I wouldn't have made it without candles and books. Having no internet was hard. I can't believe how dependent on technology I am.
  • CincyBOJ

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    Mar 30, 2008 5:42 AM GMT
    I guess I didn't get the memo, I missed it. I did have my internet, phone, HD channels go out for about 24 hours starting last night. *sigh*
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    Mar 30, 2008 7:09 AM GMT
    I colored in the Anatomy Coloring Book by candle-light. Homework just doesn't get any more romantic than that... I did not unplug the fridge, but turned everything else off.

    Sorry, this diverages a little, but I have to say that I love it when the power goes out. Whenever the lights went out when I was growing up, my family would pull out the kerosene latern and some board game or other. We all loved it, and hoped the power would go out during thunderstorms.

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 30, 2008 7:33 AM GMT
    I'll have to admit, I didn't acknowledge the Earth Hour.

    I prefer honing my general awareness of my electricity usage and turning off lights and unplugging electrical appliances when they are not used (turning something off may not be enough, as many appliances have an energy-consuming stand-by mode).

    Electrical conservation, much like the fitness and exercise promoted on RJ, works best when it is practiced consistently over the long-term.

    To all who did observe it: kudos, and keep up the good work icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 30, 2008 7:53 AM GMT
    My Partner and I spent the time time talking in candlelight - we even went 1/2 hour over...
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    Mar 30, 2008 8:16 AM GMT
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    Mar 30, 2008 12:36 PM GMT
    Sitting on a Candle!!! What a waste of space?
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    Apr 30, 2008 8:41 AM GMT
    Caslon saidJust getting ready for my hour. I am not sure what I will do. I see the sun is so far set that it will be dark by then.


    Power was already out in most part's of the city. Had the generator working and got the air on. Can't live without air, could we? icon_razz.gif
  • PRDGUY

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    Apr 30, 2008 9:40 AM GMT
    even tho dont buy in2 the whole global warming stuff, why not at least use those new lite bulbs, [they cut my electric bill big time.....] and wood not used my heat like havent in last 2 weeks, but a freak cut off low caused a snow and only hit hi temp of 34 degrees, but thursdy (2morrow) will hit upper 60's. was little cool so had to turn it on 2take the chill off.

    MEDIA HYPE- YES FOR SURE. no green here but why not use technology to cut coal power production pollution until we can get new nuclear plants on-line... plus kyoto protocol was flawed by excluding india/china, but we as citizens can set sum examples
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    Apr 30, 2008 10:10 AM GMT
    PRDGUY saideven tho dont buy in2 the whole global warming stuff, why not at least use those new lite bulbs, [they cut my electric bill big time.....] and wood not used my heat like havent in last 2 weeks, but a freak cut off low caused a snow and only hit hi temp of 34 degrees, but wednesdy (2morrow) will hit upper 60's. was little cool so had to turn it on 2take the chill off.

    MEDIA HYPE- YES FOR SURE. no green here but why not use technology to cut coal power production pollution until we can get new nuclear plants on-line... plus kyoto protocol was flawed by excluding india/china, but we as citizens can set sum examples


    I have to agree with some of your points. The world has been forming and storming for billions of years now. Sorry christians, it did not all happen in 6 days.

    My power bill goes up to $1000:00 every four weeks over winter. i have a heated slab.

    Oh what did I do for that hour. One had a moment with Ones self.....
  • MikePhilPerez

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    May 03, 2008 12:04 PM GMT
    PRDGUY said
    MEDIA HYPE- YES FOR SURE. no green here but why not use technology to cut coal power production pollution until we can get new nuclear plants on-line


    And what about all the waste from those nuclear plants icon_question.gif And when all the nuclear runs out icon_question.gif
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    May 03, 2008 12:45 PM GMT
    not to mention that we still arent sure hot to dispose and decommission

    so anyone kept anything up?
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    May 03, 2008 12:50 PM GMT
    PRDGUY saideven tho dont buy in2 the whole global warming stuff, why not at least use those new lite bulbs, [they cut my electric bill big time.....] and wood not used my heat like havent in last 2 weeks, but a freak cut off low caused a snow and only hit hi temp of 34 degrees, but thursdy (2morrow) will hit upper 60's. was little cool so had to turn it on 2take the chill off.

    MEDIA HYPE- YES FOR SURE. no green here but why not use technology to cut coal power production pollution until we can get new nuclear plants on-line... plus kyoto protocol was flawed by excluding india/china, but we as citizens can set sum examples


    why does ostrich and sand just leap off the page at me icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

    ok you dont buy into greenhouse emissions what are your thoughts on:

    photochemical smog
    lung cancer attributable to fossil fuels
    drastic increases in asthma and deaths due to poor air quality
    and
    general environmental pollution

    Its tru tho money is a motivator to many in this regard and why not I say. If you can not entice them through incentives, carrots, then batter the hell out of there wallet with punitive measures and cost, sticks.

    To me the wise man would pre-empt the punitive measures now and increased costs by taking simple measures

    BTW Kyoto was not flawed they were not included as the mass economic migration of US and European companies was not envisaged to have had as drastic impact, kind of the reason why you are experiencing a credit crunch right now. For politocal bodies to site this as their key reason just emphasises their own lack of foresight
  • PRDGUY

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    May 03, 2008 10:05 PM GMT
    Thank you gents for proving my points EXACTLY. Even if every signatory and non-sigs of the agreement cut their long term output DOUBLE of wut they had called for, the growth and explosion of the chinese and indian middle classes and their needs for what we have have would increase the rate of depletion of the ozone layer, causing not an decrease but actually at current rates of growth (which have actually accelerated since then)triple the worldwide temperature,/global temp by a minimum of three times the increase, ie instead of estimated 2 degree F every 100 yrs, closer to well over 6 degrees.

    next, a closer re-read would note do not buy into the WHOLE theory, but I doubt their is a single soul can deny our impact on out planet. for ex. Many of us I think may have seen the Nat Geo Special regarding our 'footprints' our actions take upon the earth, or example using rubber duckies to represent the number of showers Americans take during our lifetime. [thus needing hot water heaters, electricity etc.]

    As for nuclear power its the french followed closely by the germans and then rest of Europe that lead the use % wise... France's nuclear industry powers over 90% of total electrical use (actual I believe it is 92%), and we do in fact have disposal methods available, ever hear of Yucca MNT?. sure, thats disputed by an extreme left group just as the WHOLE of global warming is disputed by extremists on the right. and wind and or solar? LOL a the perfect places like off of Martha's Vineyard where constant wind would make it perfect especially since it would not be seen from shore was lead and defeated by who.... the Kennedy family as they believed their would be noise pollution. Yes, Mr. River Keeper himself with Teddy et al.

    Perfect world>???? No... It is going to be made up of compromise which would also offend/upset industry with higher costs, and the residents outside of LA where wind turbines were proposed and approved, along with solar reflectors, both being held up now by lawsuits by wealthy hill dwellers afraid of devaluation of their property.

    SO... I HAVE EXCELLENT IDEA: YOU AND YOUR FELLOW SAVE THE WORLD PEOPLE GET BIKES AND SPEND 16 HRS A DAY GENERATING POWER [A LA 'GILLIGAN'S ISLAND']. THINK THAT WILL BE ENUF POWER GENERATED????



    Thanks Bfg1, self admitted "mad, crazy, and sincere" persons are the scariest of all as they will not back up opinion with fact. So i'll go one further.... turn off your computer and cut your posts from 1600 currently to more like half- 800, and [i]YOU personally will half to pedal only 8 hours!!!!![/i]