Last year, the entire Las Vegas Strip did it. More than 30 governor's mansions across the U.S. are planning to do it this year. Are you on board? What I'm talking about is Earth Hour 2010. For one hour Saturday night (8:30 p.m. local time), participants will shut off all non-essential electricity use for one hour in recognition of energy conservation efforts. This year, the faces on Mount Rushmore will go dark and will only be lit for one hour a night through the rest of the tourist season, reducing energy consumption there by 60 percent. What do you plan to do to reduce your energy use Saturday night and beyond?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

KelsiDayle's picture
KelsiDayle says:

What is "non-essential electricity" for the purposes of this event? Also, do you happen to know where the 30 participating states are listed (I want to make sure MN is one of them!)? I didn't see answers to either of those questions on the link posted. Thanks! This is cool stuff.

posted on Fri, 03/26/2010 - 3:28pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

I don't know if our Minnesota governor will be turning down the lights at his mansion, after all, he might be on a trip to New Hampshire. Here's a story from today's Star-Tribune that gives a bit of a local angle on things, and helps explain what non-essential electricity could mean. I don't think anyone would like the streetlights on their block to go dark Saturday, for instance.

posted on Fri, 03/26/2010 - 4:25pm
Inspiration's picture
Inspiration says:

This will be a great night! Ive been a happy participant in Earth Hour since 08. And remember, its fun to do Earth Hours throughout the year.

posted on Sat, 03/27/2010 - 10:10am
ella's picture
ella says:

Electricity, when you use to much you have to pay alot of money, & I just think you should have a right, not to pay that much. Do you think that, most of the things should be free? I do.

posted on Sat, 03/27/2010 - 3:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think he will because he is also trying to conserve energy. Just because he is the governer doesn't mean he isnt turning down the energy. it also doesnt mean he wouldnt do it because he is rich but when u think about it they dont want to spend all that money on energy or light bills.

posted on Sat, 03/27/2010 - 4:22pm

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