Save The Earth


As of this writing, there is a little over a day left before the largest global environmental event in history begins – Earth Hour.

In 2011, there were more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide [that] switched off their lights for Earth Hour, sending a powerful message for action on climate change.

But what, exactly, is Earth Hour?

On every last Saturday of March organizers of Earth Hour – World Wildlife Fund – encourage communities all over the world to celebrate and commit to the planet by switching off electric lights for one hour. This year, it will be held globally on March 31 between 830PM and 930PM.
Indonesia, which is a fourth largest population in the world, has been committed to its participation in this event, going as far as enacting local and national policies to effect changes. The dedication of Indonesia’s advocacy to Earth Hour is reflected in its principle:

"Energy-saving lifestyle is not enough just to participate in Earth Hour, but must continue to be proven every day, and followed with an environmentally friendly lifestyle changes, such as: use public transportation or bike to travel, saving water, planting trees, and other soon. "
So as you can see, Earth Hour isn’t just about a symbolic stand on energy reduction, but rather an energy-saving lifestyle that impacts our finances as well. As we encourage everyone to start looking deeper into their personal finances, we must be aware that it is very much attached to our consumption and lifestyle. This is why LiveOlive fully supports this global advocacy; after all, not only do we get to save our money, we also get to save our planet for our future, our children, and our next generation.

To help you get a clearer picture, here are the numbers:
Electrical energy consumption in Indonesia is distributed to a few sectors divided into:
• Households: 33%
• Business / office and commercial buildings: 30%
• Industrial sector: 30% (mostly in Tangerang)
• Government building: 3%
• Public facilities and social sectors: 4%
The total electricity consumption by 29 605 GWH or equal to 26.4 million tonnes of CO2 (2004-2006 DJLPE Research on CO2 emissions from electricity production: 0.891 / MWh).

What We Can Do
By switching off lights and electronic equipment for at least 1 hour, we can contribute to saving electricity.
If 10% of the population participated in Earth Hour, Jakarta can save electricity consumption of 300MWh, which is equivalent to:
1. Turning off a power plant and turning on the 900 villages
2. Save 267.3 tonnes of CO2
3. Save more than 267 trees (one tree can absorb one ton of CO2 within 20 years of his life)
4. O2 supplies to more than 534 people (1 tree is able to provide O2 for 2 people in the 20 years of his life)
5. If (300MWh = 1.080.000MJ) X Rp 200/MJ = savings of up to Rp 216.6 million, -
In Jakarta, 10% of the population [is] assumed to be 2,700 thousand people turn off the lights every home. Source: www.earthour.wwf.or.id
As most of the LiveOlive discussion, these are not complex theories. These are real numbers and real solutions. At the end of the month, when you pay your PLN, let us know how much money you’ve saved.

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