Come on Somerset – switch off for Earth Hour
Friday, 01 March 2013 12:23

PEOPLE from Somerset are being encouraged to support WWF’s Earth Hour this month (March, 2013) by a solar panel installation company in the county.

Employees from Solar Systems will switch off the lights in their homes for one hour at 8.30pm on March 23 and they are asking households and businesses to join in too.

Phil Grabham, Managing Director of Solar Systems near Ilminster, explained: “Staff will be switching off all non-essential lighting in their homes for Earth Hour. We think it is important to support the event, which this year aims to encourage people to think more about the energy they use.

“We have posters in our offices for anyone who would like more information. We hope our customers and other businesses in the area will join us and switch off their lights.”

Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million people and more than 2,000 businesses switched their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Last year 152 countries joined in with the event.

Businesses, people and celebrities worldwide have registered to participate in WWF’s Earth Hour, which takes place on Saturday, March 23 at 8.30pm.

Phil added: “According to the WWF the UK consumes three times its share of the planet’s natural resources and it is hoping people will use Earth Hour as a chance to consider switching to renewable energy.

“Solar power has been recognised by the Government as integral to helping the country achieve its emission targets and power requirements by 2020.

“In order to achieve these targets, companies and homeowners need to become greener and one way of doing this is by installing solar panel systems.”

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