Flip the Switch
2nd Annual 2009
Lights Out Martha’s Vineyard
Lights Out Martha’s Vineyard is an island-wide energy conservation event taking place on Saturday, March 28, 2009. Islanders are encouraged to join the World in turning out all non-essential lighting for one hour between 8:30-9:30 pm. This event is being held in conjunction with Earth Hour sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. To date there are 931 cities and 80 countries who have committed to turning out their lights for this important hour. http://www.earthhour.org/
Last year Nstar determined that the Vineyard saved enough kilowatts to power the needs of 1032 households for one hour. Earth Hour estimates that turning lights out in the United States for even one hour could save as much as 15 percent of the energy consumed on an average Saturday night. It is a way to demonstrate that we can take actions that will save electricity, reduce carbon emissions into our air and help preserve our natural resources.
Lights Out Martha’s Vineyard promotes these energy savings tips:
o turn off non-essential lights when not in use
o install motion sensors or timers on all outdoor lighting
o get an energy audit and followed the energy saving recommendations (energy star appliances, insulation etc.)
o install compact fluorescent light bulbs in homes and offices
o towns: use motion sensors at your municipal buildings; replace street lights with LED bulbs
o Plug all electronics into power strips and turn off when not in use
Implementing these changes would significantly reduce our island’s energy budget, and reduce our carbon footprint as well!
Flip the Switch, and do your part for the planet while you enjoy a cozy candlelight hour.
Join Felix Neck for their Lights Out guided night walk, call 508-627-4850 x100 for details
The Vineyard Conservation Society, Felix Neck Sanctuary, and the Vineyard Energy Project are sponsoring this event along with the able help of Gail Tipton and Suzanne Slarsky Dael