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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Lights Out Santa Barbara!

Interesting movement afoot to conserve energy on October's some info I received from a loyal reader:

Lights Out Santa Barbara on October 20th, from 8-9 pm.

For those who believe that every little bit of thought, every little bit of effort makes a difference, on October 20th, we in the Santa Barbara area (city and county) are invited to turn off all non-essential lights.

This will be happening in San Francisco and Los Angeles and in Santa Barbara is being promoted (it's all volunteer) by individuals believing that each of us can make difference.

It's completely voluntary. It was first done in Sydney, Australia on March 31st. There, 2.2 million people, more than half the population, turned off their lights, saving an estimated 10% of energy for that time.
We hope for the same here --- at the very least we will have a great understanding and appreciation of how each of us can make a difference.

And that, we think, is what it is all about, each of us making a difference. Southern California Edison agrees and has signed on as a supporter, along with Mayor Blum and all of the SB City Council, First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal, 2nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf, and Rep. Lois Capps.

Take a look at the web site:; send an e-mail as a supporter of the concept - there's a link on the page; and turn off your non-essential lights for one hour, 10/20 8-9 pm.


Anonymous A loyal and appreciative reader, indeed, said...

Thanks, Sara, for posting this!

Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors, led in this effort by Sup. Salud Carbajal, agreed to turn off the lights on the Santa Barbara County Courthouse from 8-9 PM on Saturday evening! (Essential public safety lights of course will remain on.)

This is an encouraging step by the County towards energy conservation and awareness!

Surely we all can do similarly and be mindful, turning off all non-essential lights on Saturday evening from 8-9 PM.

Betsy Cramer

10/17/2007 7:33 AM  
Blogger jqb said...

Expect Jerry Beaver to spend another $35,000 to try to prevent this from happening.

10/17/2007 11:59 PM  
Anonymous donaldo de Santa Barbara said...

I appreciate this effort and hope it is successful and gets a positive response. Leaving the lights on really bugs me although I understand some of my neighbors are paranoid so they leave multiple lights, inside and outside, all evening and night.

Another way to reduce energy consumption is to put electronics like your TV and it's box from cable or satellite box and dvd player or vcr on a power strip. After turning the TV and Box off then turn off the power strip. Many new TVs and their boxes each have a hard drive that is always on for many hours unecessarily. Any problems with this?

10/18/2007 6:54 AM  
Anonymous Betsy said...

JQB, LOL! No need for expensive lawyers: All opponents of energy-conservation need to do is leave all their lights on. ...In fact, the only negative email received by the website was from someone who insisted it was "another harebrained idea thought up by Lois Capps and dingdongs from San Francisco...." To teach a lesson, apparently, she also wrote she was going to leave on all her lights, all day, all night on October 20th, etc....

This wasn't initiated by Rep Capps - it was initiated last March in Sydney, Australia where more than half the population, about 2.2 million people, turned off their non-essential lighting for one hour, saving a bit more than 10% of energy. It came to SF and LA and then SB as a result of publicity and worldwide concern and developing environmental consciousness.

In SF/LA, there is a paid staff and steering committee; in Santa Barbara, there's no single person but many grassroots, passing the word around, supported also by SCE.

It's completely voluntary and Rep Capps's support and everyone else's is equally welcomed. Mr Beaver's, too! We'd all be delighted if he would sign on as a supporter, as delighted as we are to have the names of the Harding School Room 11 5th graders and Mayor Blum with all the Santa Barbara City Council, Council challenger Bob Hansen, and South Coast Supervisors Carbajal and Wolf ... and, indeed, Rep Capps.

10/18/2007 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If more people do this, maybe there will be a baby boom in 9 months!
Come on, give it a try! :)

10/19/2007 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooooo goody goody! They are going to turn off the courthouse lights! Has anyone considered that those who don't believe we are causing Global Warming are going to be turning on all of their lights, their appliances, making toast with the air conditioners on watching TV in their boxers because of this stupid global cooling effort? Dummies

10/26/2007 9:37 AM  

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