Earth Hour 2015

Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) is participating in the annual Earth Hour this Saturday, March 28 from 8:30pm until 9:30pm.

Created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007, Earth Hour is an annual worldwide event. The event’s goal is to encourage households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lighting for one hour in effort to raise awareness about energy use and the need to take action on climate change.

By raising awareness about energy consumption, the hope is that we all take action to reduce our everyday energy use and begin to think about climate change in a broader context, bringing Earth Hour to Earth Hour +. Changing habits and attitudes around climate change can result in a reduction of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, a reduction in your utility bills, and a reduction in negative impacts associated with energy extraction like biodiversity and habitat loss, hazardous spills, and fragmented communities.

To show our support for this important cause, we will be undertaking several energy conservation initiatives throughout Winnipeg Richardson International Airport’s terminal building, the airfield, and WAA's administration building.

Here are some ways each of us can reduce our impact on climate change:

  • Install a programmable Thermostat. During the winter months, have your thermostat programed to turn down the heat a couple degrees when you aren’t home and then again during the hours you’re asleep. During the summer months, have your thermostat turn down the A/C.
  • Turn off all lighting when it is not in use. Why pay for light that is not used? Turn off any extra lighting or lights that are not being used. The installation of motion detectors for outdoor lights and switching your incandescent light bulbs to a CFL or LED bulb will also help with reducing your cost of lighting.
  • Weather-proof your home. Weather proofing is an inexpensive and easy way to save energy. By caulking air leaks in your basement or crawlspace, replacing worn out weather stripping around doors and windows, and upgrading insulation during renovations, you can save money every day of the year.
  • Plant trees strategically. Trees can help you save money on your energy bill and reduce GHG emissions from home heating and cooling. Plant evergreens on the north side of your home for shelter from winter winds. On the south side, plant leafy species for cool summer shade and warm winter sunlight.
  • Eliminate vehicle idling. Unnecessary vehicle idling affects human health, pollutes the air, wastes fuel, and causes excess engine wear. By reducing the idling time on your vehicle you can save fuel and money, and help protect public health and the environment.

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