Earth Hour got me thinking. How much money could we save if we made this a weekly thing? It could be another kind of family fun night even. I know growing up, I was especially fond of power outages, since it meant that everyone sat around and read, told stories, or played board games. So why not do this intentionally? I'm sure it would save something on the electric bill too, although I don't know how much. I know I was amazed at how much we saved last month by my leaving the heavy door open during sunny days, even with near or below freezing temperatures outside, since the sunlight coming in through the storm door would act as a solar collector and heats up the whole house, sometimes as much as 10 degrees. In February! It saved $30 of our gas bill last month!
I'm pretty sure having a weekly Earth Hour wouldn't make that much of an impact on our electric bill, but what about a daily one? What about just making a more conscious effort to go to bed earlier and get up closer to dawn so we have lots more "Earth Hours" while we are sleeping? What about turning the television off and spending time with the family every night?
I don't know how I'm going to implement some of these ideas in my family, or even if I'll be able to since I'm pretty sure to meet some heavy resistance by my husband and kids over the TV watching thing, but I'm going to be reading Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology with the folks over at Crunchy Chicken, so it will be interesting to see what sort of effects it has on me with this seed of thought already planted in my head.