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Considering Earth Hour

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 31, 2012, 10:03 AM



Before you decide to turn off every electronic device/ appliance in your household, consider the following.

Your local power plants constantly generates power, which are distributed through your neighborhood's transformers, and eventually end up in your home at a fraction. These power plants operates on a 24\7 schedule, and the amount of energy they create are not stored in an abundant level, except in the case of fail-safe protocols does a power plant provide minor backup electricity.

SO, by turning off all the electricity in your home, while saving bills on an economic level, does not dictate the fact that you are actually preserving energy. You are just simply not using the constant flow of electricity coming from your local provider.

Secondly, should you participate in total shutdown during Earth Hour, please consider that turning the power back on approximately after the end of the hour, may apply an incredible amount of stress on your local transformer. Reason being that there is a high chance that many people would be turning their power back on simultaneously right after Earth Hour, this causes a sudden, flooding of electrical current in the form of electric surge which can overflow the transformer. That's how your neighborhood may end up with a blown transformer, which by the way, does take days for the city to send a replacement, and at the main time, you'll have a blackout for the next couple of days.

Though the ideology that Earth Hour encompasses the awareness of utilizing and rationing electricity for the good of our environment, it would almost be counter productive and pointless to simply turn off the lights for an hour once every 365 days.

Instead, try turning off the lights after leaving a room. Install energy efficient lights/dimmer lights in your household. Open a window for a breeze, use fans instead of air conditioners from time to time during the summer.

And it doesn't have to stop there with just electricity, I'm sure there are tons of ways out there that are both environmentally friendly as well as economically efficient when it comes to energy consumption.

Don't take showers that are more than  half  hours long. Ride a bicycle, take public transits more often, carpool, put a mop on your baby and make them crawl to clean the floor.

Most importantly: Buy less non-recyclable and crap quality products that will only last you a couple of days/months, only to end up in a landfill for the rest of its days later on.

I hope this entry is a bit helpful in creating a more environmentally friendly community!

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marziyyih Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so brilliant.
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Armonah Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
This PSA was brought to you by *343GuiltySpark =P
Also, I agree with you :)

"put a mop on your baby and make them crawl to clean the floor."

Haha, I don't know what to think of the fact that those things actually exist! :lol:
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Amen! :)
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Aerozopher Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
:)
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Styrox-Art Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Interface Designer
This statement "put a mop on your baby and make them crawl to clean the floor" is just so full of win.

But yeah, this is how more people should think, instead the media inflates the whole thing and want's everybody to "help the planet"...
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JoelWhite Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very true, it's things like this that a lot of people don't consider.
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stoffe930 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Let's say this one hour blackout makes a difference in the electricity comsumption. In the long run it will still not make a difference since this hour is just 0.011415525% of the year. And that means, in the long run. You're not saving a lot of energy.

Source:
24 * 365 =8760
1h/8760h = 0.00011415525 => 0.011415525%

(I may have miscalculated so do the math yourself if you are unsure :D)
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CeridwenTaliesin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You have a point. Cutting on consumerism and using some good sense the year round is much more efficient than turning off the lights for 1 hour. Besides we need electricity to do anything, so why not do something good - with the lights on - in that hour (and make it a habit)? People will benefit much more from it, than from what others do by candlelight in that hour.

I'm sure that the times there were blackouts in my district - decades ago - it didn't benefit anyone anywhere... Thanks for the wise words. :)
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lucianovontedizstein Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
well said guilty spark
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noisrevortni Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist
I never saw the point to turning everything off for a day. I already turn electronics off when they're not needed, recycle stuff, and all that jazz, so that's good enough to me. All I know is that I love the "lights out" function on YouTube because it pleases my eyes. They need to permanently implement that feature already...
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touya-dono Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the idea is that you are supposed to be conscious of the environment and conserve energy be it with your car or home. A good way to ACTUALLY conserve power is to unplug devices you are not using in your home on a daily basis. For example the blender or a DVD player. If you're not using it unplug it, because of that power plant generating energy constantly, you don't use it if it's not plugged in. People should indeed be more mindful on a daily basis. We only have one Earth, and even the weather is proving to us that this Earth is in trouble. We had a really light winter this year, which means hurricanes and tornadoes and summer in general is going to be harder. It should not be like that. Winter is cold and harsh for a reason. I wish that everyone would get with the program and help save this planet. It's not about us, it's about the generations to come to live on it @_@
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EnvyMachinery Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student General Artist
I always thought this idea was stupid even before knowing how power plants work. What good does turning stuff off for a day do anyway? Sure it means that a lot of people aren't using energy, but in the grand scheme you'd only be preserving power for an extra 24 hours.
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rexen724 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
true. The power generated is not only for today but for tomorrow as well. The good thing about earth hour is cut the light pollution and to cut your electric bill.
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ArtDoge Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's why I love going way up north, away from cities, so you can actually see the night as it was meant to be seen :D
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rexen724 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
=) yeah i know exactly how you feel. I love heading out to the desert or to the mountains for the nature sounds and actual night sky. It really does change your perspective with the ability to look at the clear night sky.
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exquisiteoath Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student General Artist
The THEORY ( and I get it that it's a theory) is that it's supposed to generate mindfulness, I don't think anyone believes that there's an immediate impact from an action like this; other than hopefully changing the way we think. That change however, can be monumental. I don't know that an Instead tack is the most effective when there is still a lot of poor (and blinkered) thinking that needs to be corrected; though I do agree with your suggestions for actions; especially baby-assisted cleaning.

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ERO-47 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Earth hour - global warming - save the earth - FAIL
all is equal
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Sabamenides Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
At last, someone who isn't a mindless eco-drone. Kudos to you for actually stopping to think for yourself about the real, long-term consequences of your actions.
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Crisosphinx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Couldn't have said it better myself.
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adambean Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
People need to be more skeptical of conveniently packaged environmentalism. There is a great deal of consumerism and waste wrapped in a green bundle and sold at a premium to make people feel better. A lot of the time those items represent an even higher petro chemical cost that isn't offset by their use.
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adambean Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Okay yeah I just went to the earth hour website and sure enough there is merchandise and it shows people lighting a bunch of candles and lanterns. I don't know the energy cost of manufacturing and shipping a candle but I doubt using one offsets the cost versus lighting a room with electricity (candles are heavy).

Candles also give off soot which can be carcinogenic among representing other problems to air quality. I know that seems hyperbolic but over long term a population regularly using candles is going to have higher cancer rates and other breathing problems.
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Pharan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student General Artist
I agree that the Earth Hour activity could use some meaningful changes, especially if it really resulted in blown transformers like you said (though I do doubt that people are so synchronized in their observance. Then again, I'm no electrical engineer or have any stats on public utilities.).

But it's really more about a reflection on consumption and the remembrance of a communal effort than any immediate benefit the practice itself actually gives to the environment or the household.

I mean, of course turning off our appliances for an hour won't help. We need to keep reminding people to stop looking at things like this in a vacuum or we'll never get things done.
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sarahfinnigan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist
thanks for this...too many people not being logical. Just because people turn off their lights doesn't mean the power isn't being generated in the first place.
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Casey-Bemis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with you, I like the idea of the Earth Hour . . . it probably does make some people consider how much energy they are using on a daily basis.

But, you're right . . . turning on some appliances actually takes more energy then it does to keep them running (many computers are that way). So people may be doing worse in the short run than good on the long run :)

I don't know where Why-did-Kenji-die lives (apparently in a super-rich neighborhood where they have their own personal transformers as well as electricians), but when a transformer blew out in our neighborhood it took a few days to fix also, with me being in college at the time and constantly needing internet . . . the library became my friend :)
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psychedelis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Artist
Yeah. I'm quite skeptical towards this whole campaign. People (and companies!) buy their own conscience too cheap in ways like these.

At the other hand, it's good having a global environmental day like this solely to spread awareness. (And it's cosy to just shut things off and light a couple of candles) Wished it would've been in a slightly different way.
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touya-dono Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like that Al Gore did his 24 hour livestream to show what pollution is doing to the entire world. It was really quite moving.
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Why-did-Kenji-die Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
lmao what shitty city do you come from that it takes days to replace a transformer? here they send guys right away, even right after the storm that took it out. i saw that i was like dayyuumnn
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touya-dono Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's pretty rude. It's not about the city being effective it's about the companies being effective, the type of priority the problem is and how quickly the crew can get the parts together/the type of damage. If all of the transformers in your area were blown out, and yours was not a priority it could take a very long time to replace it.
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DedNiphe Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
It's just like how cities that get a lot more snow are much quicker at getting the roads clear after a big snowfall.
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touya-dono Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep. They expect it more than people who don't get snow. And they hire more snow plow drivers :).
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DedNiphe Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Unlike where I live. Last time we had any significant snowfall I still had to shovel out half the street after they plowed.
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touya-dono Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
see? that sucks. some cities aren't prepared because they don't expect the snow or don't hire enough people/even if they plow they never come back around.
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ArtDoge Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations to you sir for living in such an advanced place. please provide us with knowledge of your flying cars and meals that come in pill forms.
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Why-did-Kenji-die Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
^^ i guess whats great is that its not even rich here or anything
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ArtDoge Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Did you know that people live in different places in the world and not just within the same neighborhood as you do?
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Why-did-Kenji-die Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
yep i did know that thank you for reminding me though i guess i forgot ;P
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ArtDoge Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Why-did-Kenji-die Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
i bet in the mountains of an area it could take forever to replace a transformer
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ArtDoge Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I wouldn't know about that, but in an igloo community of the tundras it would take roughly 4 to a week in business days, depending on how fast our walruses are.
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