Millions Expected To Take Part In “Earth Hour”
By John McDevitt
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In raising awareness for the planet, millions are expected to participate in Earth Hour by turning off the lights Saturday night to show their support for action on climate change and environmental protection.
Earth Hour is 8:30 to 9:30 Saturday night — and there will be a number of local efforts.
Several casinos in Atlantic City will dim lights, as well as Temple University, The Keswick Theater and PECO will be doing something at it’s Center City headquarters building.
Spokesman Greg Smore says the utility company will power down it’s iconic LED Crown Lights system on top of its Center City headquarters and encouraging customers to turn off lights in their homes and businesses to save energy.
“Customers can do simple things every day to curb their energy usage,” he says, “small things, just turning off the lights when ever they leave the room or using a programmable thermostat.”
PECO encourages people to close blinds, shades and drapes in the summer and leave them open in the winter. The company says using ceiling fans to circulate air is also a good way to save energy and money.
Australia kicked off Earth Hour in 2007, making it the world’s largest voluntary action for the environment.