8pm last night featured a conversation in our house that may have resonated elsewhere:
Spouse: OK, 8pm, time to turn off the lights and put on candles.
Me: But we have energy-saving bulbs, so surely the candles produce more carbon than the electricity used to power our light globes?
Spouse: But it’s about making a statement.
Me: What kind of a statement is it if you increase your carbon use?
Spouse: Look at our street – everyone else is doing it.
Me: Shall we turn off our fridge too?
Spouse: Just light the candles.
In related news, Joshua Gans blogs on the news from Melbourne. At least we Canberrans had a clear view of the stars.
Meanwhile, my university last week urged everyone to turn off lights and computers on Friday night, and offered a prize for the unit with the largest drop in electricity consumption. Since most of us typically turn things off when they leave for the weekend, my guess is that the prize will go to the part of the uni where leaving things on all weekend is the norm.