Earth Hour countdown is running

Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 p.m. is the time to gear up for

Earth Hour Challenge - March 23

Earth Hour Challenge - March 23

Contributing to a growing global effort is as simple as the flick of a few switches.

It’s the Earth Hour Challenge and it’s proof positive that there is power in numbers.

The date and time to note are Saturday, March 23, and 8:30 p.m.

The plan is to shut off all non-essential power consumers in and around your home for one hour. While the power is off it’s a good idea to think about doing it more often… not necessarily shutting off everything, but getting in the habit of turning off, and even unplugging appliances that aren’t in use. Not only does it make sense, but it saves you money and helps make sure there’s enough power when it’s critically needed.

From it’s 2007 origin in Sydney, Australia the Earth Hour Challenge, last year was taken in 6,950 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories. There’s no reason to think those numbers won’t grow this year. And seeing how Castlegar has been an eager participant, there’s not reason why we can’t get a higher percentage of residents to flick the switch this time around. Stats are kept, and it’s a constructive way to have some friendly competition with our regional neighbours.

Don’t forget, maybe even start practicing… for the Earth Hour Challenge 2013 – Saturday, March 23… 8:30 p.m. – Turn ’em off!