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HOW TO BLACKOUT


1. DECIDE YOUR OWN PERSONAL POWERDOWN ACTIONS

Sign up to BLACKOUT BRITAIN and register your Personal Powerdown Actions to let us know you support the campaign.

Tell us you're BLACKING OUT and you'll get a not-too regular update from us with news, views, tips and tricks.


2. LIGHTS OUT !

Make a plan to switch off all non-essential electricity-sucking devices.

Keep them off.


3. TURN ON

Turn on your imagination, because it's ideas that feed change.


4. STAY TUNED

Stay tuned monthly for the next BLACKOUT BRITAIN date and time.


5. On the BLACKOUT BRITAIN day

How long should I BLACKOUT for on BLACKOUT BRITAIN DAY ?

You choose ! Start at the published time, and go as long as you dare !

BLACKOUT LITE : 5 MINUTES

You want to show your support, but you've got supper to make, so it can't take too long.

BLACKOUT VIGIL : 1 HOUR

You want to take the time to sit and meditate with a candle and make the phones stop ringing and the TV stop blaring for a while.

BLACKOUT PARTY : 3 HOURS

You and your mates and your family want to have snacks by candlelight and a couple of glasses of organic beer together and talk about the state of the world and where we're heading with BLACKOUT BRITAIN.

BLACKOUT HIPPY : 24 HOURS

You've given yourself the challenge of living without heating and lighting and electrical power for a whole day and a whole night. You are a complete planetophile, no mistake, and you wear a deep green halo.

You must prepare if you want to undertake this personal commitment. This is hard core activism and you need to plan ahead.Contact us for more info and support


SWITCHING OFF

This is our absolute best tried-and-tested advice for reducing your Energy use and Cutting the Carbon.

(a) Replace your old-school incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Australia and California are set to ban the old-school ones, because they are so wasteful !

(b) Turn down the heating. Every single degree can save shedloads on the bills and avoid further famine and drought in hotter parts of the world.

(c) Switch to green electricity if you pay the bill. Power from wind and wave is going to be our main source of energy in future, so support it now and watch it grow.

(d) Wrap up the house, and wrap up yourself. Plug up gaps in windows and doors, and if you're a house owner, get the wall cavities filled and the roof insulation rolled out.

(e) Travel less. Less is definitely more. More freedom. More green. Most journeys by car are less than 5 miles in length. Try walking instead. Or cycling. Or if you are alternatively abled, take the bus.

(f) Turn everything off when it's not in use. Take the black cube transformers and chargers out of the wall. Make sure all the red standby lights go out because you've unplugged at the wall. Turn off computers at night, or if you have to leave them on for some reason, at least turn off the screen monitor, which will save half the power.

(g) In summer, use natural ventilation instead of air conditioning.

(h) If you buy new electrical appliances, buy energy-efficient models.

(i) Do your Carbon Footprint to measure your progress.

(j) Borrow or buy a power meter to check the efficiency of your freezer, refrigerator and other machines, and help you find out where you can make further changes.

Safety first : This campaign will always be peaceful and respectful and have due concern for personal and national security. This is terror-free Climate Action and we will never incite violence, hatred, rioting or damage to property. Our aims are positive, our supporters law-abiding. Join us to beat Climate Change.