Earth Hour is a global movement of communities around the world to raise awareness of climate change and to showcase actions that we can all take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Are you ready for Earth Hour?
Where possible, we will turn off, unplug or reduce the use of:
- Lighting in closed facilities (some lights are required to be left on for safety and fire code reasons)
- Arena refrigeration plants (compressors, condensers, brine pumps, etc.)
- Exhaust fans/air handlers and heaters in viewing stands
Streetlights and traffic control signals need to stay on.
What is the City of Burlington doing year round?
- Putting the corporate and community energy plans into action and sharing the results through annual reports to council
- Reporting annual energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to the public
- Telling you about our programs and initiatives. Visit our environment webpage and keep reading this and other Take Action Burlington blog posts
What can you do?
- Mark Saturday, May 27, 2017 in your calendar. It’s the Let’s Live Green event at Tansley Woods Community Centre from 1 to 5 p.m.
- Take action to save energy. There are many programs to help you save energy at home and on the road. Visit the Jan. 23, 2017 Take Action Burlington blog post for tips.
- Download Burlington Hydro’s Energy Conservation Handbook. It has over 100 tips to conserve energy and save you money.
- View Union Gas’ tips to reduce heating and hot water
- Phantom or standby power can account for up to 15 per cent of your annual home electricity consumption. What is phantom power? It’s the energy that is used even when your devices are turned off but still plugged in. The solution? Turn off or unplug the source of electricity that powers your device.
- Did you know that while transportation accounts for 30 per cent of the energy used in Burlington, it represents 40 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions? Consider leaving your vehicle at home for trips under five kilometres and walk or cycle where possible.
Take Action Burlington! Collectively we can make a difference to reduce our impact on our climate!