Join Verizon in Celebrating Earth Hour This Weekend

Each year, the United States consumes 99.89 quadrillion Btus (British Thermal Units) of energy. What most people don’t realize is that the simple act such as turning the lights off after you leave a room can make a world of difference.

Take the pledge this year, along with thousands of people across the globe, to help support this global environmental event. On Saturday, March 31 at 8:30 p.m., thousands of cities and towns nationwide will turn off their lights for one hour, uniting in a single mission to spread awareness on the topic of energy waste.

This week, Verizon continues its mission to stay environmentally friendly by taking the pledge to participate in Earth Hour. During this celebrated hour, we will darken hundreds of buildings over millions of square feet for one hour, saving thousands of kilowatt-hours of energy. As a result of Verizon’s participation in Earth Hour 2011, we saved an estimated 45,000 kWh of electricity during that hour. During the entire year, we reduced energy usage by 2.34 percent, which is 240M kWh -- the equivalent of powering over 20,600 homes for a year.

Celebrating Earth Hour is just one of the steps that Verizon Wireless takes to support the environment. Our superfast 4G LTE network helps customers stay green by allowing video conferencing as an environmentally friendly alternative to traveling for business, or quickly downloading a new movie instead of making the drive to rent one from your local video store.

Interested in showing your commitment to change? Make a difference by visiting to join the Earth Hour community. To find out more about Verizon’s commitment to save the planet, visit the Verizon Responsibility blog.