Later today see’s Earth Hour 2011 taking place, where people around the world are encouraged to take part by turning off lights to help save energy. The Earth Hour takes place from 8.30 to 9.30 p.m. local time, and will see many of the country’s big stores taking part.
Kmart and Sears stores across the country will be turning off and dimming all non-essential lighting, as well as switching off TVs and computer monitors. They are hoping to save 80,000 kilowatt hours during the hour, which is enough to run just under eight American homes for a whole year.
Verizon Wireless is also joining in with the initiative by turning off lights in over 500 of the company’s stores, and in its offices. In doing this they will save 45,000 kilowatt hours. The WWF inspired event will see people taking part in 128 countries, with individuals and companies getting involved.
You can find out more information by heading over to the official Earth Hour website. Will you be joining in with Earth Hour tonight?