Earth Hour 2010

Discussion in 'Diving, Collecting and Environmental Discussions' started by Junz, 25 Mar 2010.

  1. Junz

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    Hi Guys,

    Please have a look at this link regarding earth Hour 2010
    http://www.earthhour.org.za/

    lets all try to be part of this , since we are one big Reef Family with a heart for saving our oceans and planet.

    How it works
    Turn off all your applicances and lights for 1hr on Saturday @ 20:30. we can make a difference



    Junz
     
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  3. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    are you turning off your tank for an hour?
     
  4. JD167

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    :nah: Not a chance...
     
  5. ReefMaster_SA

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    lol... Ok I can go for 30min most and the next day 30min
     
  6. lanzo

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    :lol:....will switch off some stuff but not all the tanks
     
  7. Reef Maniac

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    Frankly, I'm quite skeptical about this - just think about it logically:

    It takes some time (hours...) to ramp a power station up to full capacity, and I seriously doubt if any electricity generating utility will bother to reduce their power stations' capacity for just one hour of lighter load. So, even though we would be using much less electricity during this hour, the anticipated "saving" of electricity and power station generated pollutants just won't happen, as the power stations will still run at their normal operational capacity... or am I wrong :whistling:

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    I have earth hours every time for a day or two before month end- when the electricity is finished and there is no money to buy more :biggrin:
     
  9. JD167

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    Agreed Hennie. Iesh-kom will still be producing the same amount of electricity during that time. What we don't use in that hour is just used by someone/something else.

    The idea behind earth hour is a good idea, but not really practical.
     
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    eskom has there own earth hours with loadsheadding :lol:
     
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    I agree, had three in the last two weeks, 2hrs 10min + 3hrs + 1hr 25min = 6hrs 35min. Eish:whistling:, can't give more.
     
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    Not all power outages are Eskom, these days a lot is due to overloaded sub-stations cause the municipalities does not upgrade equipment as fast as new developments happen and then BANG!, the sub trips and if it trips due to overload it must be re-set by hand and it is a MOER of an effort to wake the standby guys cause they think stanby is just a quick bug for no work.
     
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    So you've done your part for for the next 6 and a half years? ;)
     
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    how much damage can 1 hour of no power to our tanks do?
     
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    more damage than not turning the tank off for an hour :razz:
    maybe you can turn off the lights and skimmer but id definatly keep the pumps running
     
  16. mandarin

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    No i won't say that, there will be more power cuts to come, winter is around the corner and then it will be worse.
    We must do something about it, get ourselves organised. I was thinking of getting a 1000va UPS, it can deliver 700watts for 23 minutes.
    If i only run 5 powerheads = 64watts total: 700/64=10.9watts x 23min=251.56min
    5 powerheads + returnpump = 184watts total: 700/64=3.8watts x 23min=87min
    Price for UPS R800 - R1000 i think it's worth it.
     
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    My point is that even if nobody used any power during that hour, the power stations would still burn the same amount of coal that they would have burned if everyone kept their lights on, and that would result in the same amount of pollution being generated as well (I think...). I suppose that they could use that available power to pump water uphill into the two (?) pumped water storage schemes used for exactly this purpose (you cannot "save" electricity except to charge batteries or pump water uphill and then run it through a hydro-electric turbine at a later stage), but as far as I know this is something that is done every night in any case (when demand is lower), and the dams only have a limited capacity...

    IMHO it is a good idea to make everyone aware of the need to reduce electricity usage, and thereby reduce pollution, but it's this type of "bullshit baffles brains" attitude which is making people like me very negative about the so-called "greenies".

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