Did your household do “Earth Hour”? Ours did. But not after your correspondent was chastised for being cynical by pointing out that turning of the lights for one hour would do nothing at all to the level of Greenhouse gas emissions generated at the powerplants, since it takes at least a day to change the generating level of these machines, and any unused electricity on the grid would simply be “dumped”.
It was nice to get my antique oil lamps out and to spend a quite hour reading in their gentle glow instead of doing the dishes, the ironing, the vacuum cleaning, the clothes washing and the one hundred and one other little jobs that had to be done about the house. I commented to my wife about the way artificial lighting has actually extended our working life by about six hours a day…
It was, at least, one way of impressing upon the kids the consequences of leaving lights on all over the house although–as this cynic also pointed out to them–they would do much more to save the world (and our electricity bill) if they simply put out the lights in the room when they left it.
Then again, we probably produced even more greenhouse gases by using our lamps and candles.
Ah, the trials of being a cynic.