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Power Down Day 2012
- Created on Monday, 16 April 2012 11:30
FAQs about Power Down Day, Wednesday April 18 and April 25, 2012
Why is this day chosen?
In honor of Earth Day, which is officially on April 22nd, a group of high school environmental science students chose a date leading up to Earth Day to raise awareness. Similar to the Earth Hour day held on March 30th across millions of homes around the world, a short time without power opens our minds to our reliance on energy.
The purpose of Power Down Day is to build awareness of the amount of electricity we use, our lifestyle dependency on power, and to consider practical ways in which we can adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
What is a power down day?
We are having a regular day of classes at CDS, but with the observance and change in tools. Our Power Down Day will involve limited use of power, and, when possible, the least use of paper as well. The generation and provision of power places a heavy burden on ecosystems and the environment. Electric meter readings will be taken for the school in order to assess our power saving on Power Down Day compared with normal days.
Electric meter readings?
For all of the energy used in the school, there are meters that keep track of the electricity use. Environmental Science students are checking our energy readings for regular days (controls) and for our Power Down Day. They will analyze the results and report back to the School community.
So what are we powering down on that day?
We are asking students, teachers and staff to not use the following daily items at School. Examples of items we will not use on that day include: cell phones, air conditioners, computers, printers, photocopiers, lights, projectors, microwaves, fans, calculators, coffee makers.
Do I have to follow it at home?
We are going to focus on the school day, from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We think it would be great to plan how you can limit electricity use at home on that day or any day. To read more about doing this, check out this PDF on energy.
Any advice for planning for the day?
• Think ahead and have all your homework done before this day just in case you need the printer or photocopier.
• Your lunch should not need any electricity to prepare on Wednesday. We will not have the microwaves available; remember to bring in food that does not need heating! • Your parents will know to contact the offices (which will use computers on this day) for any emergencies.
• To really get in the spirit of the day, think about your mode of transportation to and from school: can you limit the use of transportation by car pooling, coming by bus, or walking?
Will this work?
Our Power Down Day is about awareness about our reliance and need for energy. Days like this work because a whole community practices and reflects at the same time. Taking the time to reflect on how even small changes in your lifestyle can contribute to the health of our planet is worth our focus.