Switch off and connect to Earth - Saturday, March 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for Earth Hour 2021
With everyone doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and staying home, it may be hard to reduce your energy use. During these times, while we may not be able to get together in person, we can still symbolically stand in solidarity with millions of others across the world from the comfort of our own homes. There are still many ways to participate at home and together, let’s show our support for the planet during Earth Hour. The Town will also be powering down at all of its building and facilities on March 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Here are some tips on how to participate this year:
- Turn off all lights and power for one hour during Earth Hour.
- Share your powering-off stories with us using the hashtags #Connect2Earth and #NewmarketEarthHour on social media.
- Washing your hands frequently is an important step to protecting yourself against COVID-19. When you are applying soap to your hands and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds, don't forget to turn off the tap.
- Adjust your behavior by turning off the lights when you leave the room or turning off appliances when you do not need them.
- Continuing to reduce, reuse and recycle. Not all items belong in the garbage.
- Did you know that new products made from recycled materials use up to 30% less energy. If you aren't sure which items go where, visit newmarket.ca/wasteandrecycling to use the online Recycle Coach application.
- Did you know that you can recycle your old electronics (mobile phones, mobile devices, computers, old televisions etc.) at one of the York Region Waste Depots? Electronics contain hazardous materials that must be handled and disposed properly. You can also recycle these items at any electronics retailer that participates in the Call2Recycle program.
- When you aren't using your computer or laptop, use sleep or hibernate mode to save energy. This can be activated through your computer's power settings.
- If you are watching TV, turn down the brightness of your TV.
- Use energy saving features available on your mobile phone.
- Warm your home naturally by opening blinds and windows during sunnier hours / days.
- Take shorter showers and fix any leaky faucets
Join us for #NewmarketEarthHour and be a part of our movement to make Newmarket even better!
Join the online conversation using #Connect2Earth and #NewmarketEarthHour and show your ❤️ for our 🌎. Let us know what you are doing to power down and shine a light on climate action by making Earth Hour 2021 in Newmarket the biggest one yet!
To learn more about Earth Hour, visit earthhour.org