March 25, 2009
Houston Joins International Earth Hour
Help us join an estimated 1 billion people throughout the world in turning off our lights and conserving energy for one hour this Saturday night, March 28, 2009, at 8:30 p.m.
This Earth Hour celebration marks the City of Houston's inaugural participation in this event and we will be joined by over 1,430 cities and towns in 80 countries.
Everyone in Houston is encouraged to participate in this historic event - turn off your lights, celebrate the planet and enjoy the moment.
Security lighting, any obstruction lighting, emergency lighting and lights in occupied offices will remain lit.
Earth Hour will be followed by Lights Out Houston on Friday, April 24, 2009. Lights Out Houston, started in 2008, is aimed at saving energy by eliminating unnecessary lighting for all building types.
Last year, commercial building participation totaled nearly 105 million square feet, representing more than $67,580 in savings on their electrical bill for that weekend alone! On an annual basis, it is expected that participating building owners and tenants who continue their efforts in reducing unnecessary lighting will save over $8 million in lower energy bills.
For more information please visit www.earthhourus.org.