On Saturday October 20 at 8:00 pm, something extraordinary is going to happen: a blackout, on purpose. No, this is not an Enron-induced scheme. This is the voluntary phenomenon called Lights Out San Francisco during which SF residents will go dark for one hour on Saturday night. It is the brainchild of Nathan Tyler who experienced a successful lights out event in Sydney, and it is taking off.
To participate, it is easy. All you have to do is turn off a light or two. Fight climate change with the flip of a switch. Many restaurants will be offering candlelit dinners for extra eco-friendly romance. Thanks to PG&E and Yahoo!, you will able to pick up a free compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) at several events throughout the city. CFLs use only one-third the energy and can last up to 10 times as long – and they come in new soft warm light and dimming varieties as well. Energy conservation is our lowest-hanging fruit for helping the planet.
Visit Lights Out San Francisco for the full blackout-is-the-new-green scoop. See you in the dark on Saturday October 20. And starting on October 21, let's turn off any and all lights that we are not using to save energy, save money, and save the planet. And then, watch out for Lights Out America on March 29, 2008!