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Old 04-16-2013, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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save energy, hang your clothes outside to dry of you have backyard or balcony.......

thats about the only thing that can really be done without using electricity, since we need electricity to do almost everything, and the sun will dry the clothes for free.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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You can turn off every light in the world for that HR and it will not make any differences, why?
Because the power plant that made the electricity will still be running at full speed ahead for that HR.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Poshawa, Ontario
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It's symbolic to bring attention to a topic, not meant to reduce CO2 emissions for a 1 hour period. I would participate, if I even had my lights turned on at 8:30pm at this time of year anyways.
It's a dumb idea. The only awareness it brings is how far the participants are out of touch with reality. It's not like they actually shut down the power grid for an hour. So the power plants continue to run from 8:30 to 9:30, producing all the related emissions while generating power that nobody is using.

Yep... Makes perfect sense, that.
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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Actually, its even worse. The power plant has to balance the load to what they put out. They can't just sit there and overload the grid with power or things will start to blow. Same thing happens if there is not enough power to meet the demand. That is why these windmills are a bad idea. If all of a sudden the wind dies down, then all kinds of bad things start to happen and people loose power, transformers blow etc. This has happened in some cases, so the local power plant here put in special units that can be quickly started to meet the demand if the wind stops blowing.

What the dummies in the green movement also either don't know or don't care about is that solar is not produced at night. The wind usually dies at night. What happens if all kinds of people buy electric cars and want to charge them at night. Same old answer. The turn back to the reliable sources of power, coal, gas and nuclear. You can't run airplanes, trucks, trains, construction equipment or a host of other things on batteries.
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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Good! All those lights off means the pile of tires I have to burn will shine brighter!!!!
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:18 AM
 
Location: The Help Desk
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You can turn off every light in the world for that HR and it will not make any differences, why?
Because the power plant that made the electricity will still be running at full speed ahead for that HR.

Actually, that is false. The plant will have to throttle back to idle, which is terribly inefficient, or shut down completely, and go through an inefficient start-up that will likely cause more CO than if it had stayed running. Power in must always equal power out.


I cannot participate because I never use any power that is not necessary.

I am a Conservative at heart; ie, one who conserves.
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