Lights Go Out in Chicago
If you turn out your lights for Earth Hour, you might save a nickel. Com Ed spokesman John Dewey says the company encourages Chicago residents to participate. And he says Earth Hour won't have a significant impact on Com Ed's bottom line.
DEWEY: If a customer were to turn off 8 of their lights over the course of an hour they would save about 500 watts over the course of that hour or half of a kilowatt hour. And while this is not a large amount, it's an educational effort.
Earth Hour is a global campaign created by the World Wildlife Fund. It started last year in Sydney, Australia where over 2 million people participated. Dozens of cities around the world are expected to join Chicago in tomorrow's hour of darkness. Lights go out starting at 8 p.m.