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Go Beyond the Hour
Earth Hour is Every Hour!

Big or Small, Every Action Counts

There are lots of ways to make every hour, Earth Hour. Turning off your lights is just the beginning. From unplugging unused equipment to not running water while brushing your teeth, no action is too small.

To help you go beyond the hour, check out everyday tips:

Everyday Tips

Did you know? Batteries sitting in electronic devices slowly discharge over time. Use a winding flashlight or radio instead!

  • Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including the ones you were using when the power went out. When the power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
  • Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when the power comes back on.
  • Use barbeques and generators outdoors, never in your garage, basement, etc.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as long as possible. Store ice in your freezer to help keep food cold longer.
  • Use cooling and warming centers in your community, if needed.
  • Know how to open your garage door manually if it is equipped with an automatic opener.
  • Use surge protector power bars for sensitive electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, etc.

Did you know? Reducing showers to five minutes or less at home could save you up to 4000 litres of water a month.

  • Check all of your pipes and faucets for leaks, and fix any you find.
  • Connect your downspout to a rain barrel.
  • Don't run water while brushing your teeth.
  • Replace your toilet with a low flow or dual flush model.
  • Reduce showers to five minutes or less to save up to 4000 litres a month.
  • Grow a plant that requires little water.
  • Grow a plant that requires little water.
  • Use towels multiple times and wear clothes more than once, before washing.

Stay Connected

Earth Hour is a global celebration to help protect the one thing that unites us all – the planet. Show us what’s possible! Visit Mississauga’s Facebook page to share how you’re supporting Earth Hour and beyond!



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Go Beyond the Hour
Earth Hour is Every Hour!

Big or Small, Every Action Counts

There are lots of ways to make every hour, Earth Hour and help green your business. Turning off your lights is just the beginning. From making sure your heating and air conditioning system is being maintained, to setting the thermostat as low as 18 degrees during business hours, no action is too small.

To help you go beyond the hour, check out business tips

Business Tips

Did you know? Enersource has a live power outage map so you can check the extent of an outage and assess the situation.

  • Add your utility companies’ contact to your list of emergency contacts to keep up to date on the situation at the time of an outage.
  • During an outage, turn your off electrical equipment and take the load off of your HVAC system to protect your equipment.
  • Educate your team on energy emergency preparedness with training sessions.
  • Conduct a business preparedness assessment to find ways of becoming more resilient to all types of emergencies.
  • Prepare an emergency kit with flashlights and a portable radio with back up batteries.
  • Regularly check all life support system batteries are fully charged and emergency oxygen cylinders are full.
  • Purchase power bars with surge suppression and uninterruptible power supply to protect from data loss and allow employees to work through brown outs.
  • If you are a large manufacturer, consider backup generators or onsite renewable generation to avoid production deficits as a result of grid dependence.

 


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