Not sure what to do when the lights go out?

October 19th, 2007

-Treat yourself (and someone else) to a candlelight dinner at one of our participating restaurants.

-Help us out by taking photos and emailing them to

-Learn How to Celebrate Candle Night.


Today’s Press Conference

October 19th, 2007

The LOSF team and some of our great supporters stood on the steps of City Hall today for a press conference. Watch for us this evening on KPIX-TV at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m, and possibly KRON-TV at 5 p.m.

Thanks also to YOUR TV20 for doing a great story on LOSF.

More humor

October 19th, 2007

Thanks to Dan Piraro for giving me permission to post his Bizarro cartoon!

CFL info re-post

October 17th, 2007

We’ve been getting quite a few emails and questions regarding CFLs. Below you will find some information that I hope will prove useful:

5 Ways to Recycle a CFL

How to live with CFLs

Sierra Club’s “Mr. Green” on CFLs

In response to those of you who have asked about “dimmable” and other types of CFLs, I suggest you inquire about them at your local hardware store or search online.

Yesterday I spoke with a representative from the SF Department of the Environment about the best way to dispose of used incandescent bulbs. Unfortunately, the best way to dispose of them is to put them in the garbage. The good news is that, if you’re replacing your incandescent bulbs with CFLs, you’ll be saving resources in the long-run!

Lights Out Humor

October 17th, 2007

Thanks so much to Michael Capozzola for creating an awesome LOSF cartoon!

Stargazing with San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

October 17th, 2007

Our friends, the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, are hosting a City Public Star Party on Saturday at Lands End (Point Lobos) beginning at sunset. There will be a lecture, followed by public viewing. For more information, visit their Calendar of Events.

Press update

October 17th, 2007

LOSF and Lights Out America are popping up all over the local and national media. Over the past few days, we’ve been featured in or on abc7news, CBS 5, Inside Bay Area, Flavorpill SF, Flex Your Power Energy News, Marin Independent Journal, SFist, San Francisco Sentinel, KCBS, and Curbed SF.

We’ve also appeared in the following blogs: The Sundance Channel Blog, Adventures in Urban Living, National Geographic Traveller’s Intelligent Travel”, SOS Live Earth, Metroblogging San Francisco, The PosiPeople Blog, and a new us.

For the most updated news coverage of Lights Out, you can search Google News to find out who’s covered us.

Weather report

October 17th, 2007

Hmmm. Things are looking cloudy for the 20th. Keep your fingers crossed and hope for clear skies.


Thanks to volunteers, press update

October 16th, 2007

Thanks so much to all the great folks who joined us yesterday on Peter’s vegetable oil-fueled bus to help spread the word about LOSF! Pictured: Friends of the Urban Forest Executive Director Kelly Quirke and his daughter Calliope hand out Lights Out SF info and free compact fluorescent light bulbs in Noe Valley.

Recent Press: Thanks to Scott Beale from Laughing Squid for including us in his Blog and to Kevin, who included us in SF City Dish.

Eater SF wrote about Saturday’s candle light dinners, and The Examiner covered our Bus Tour.

An interview with our own Brian Scott aired this weekend on Sierra Club Radio. Listen here, and an interview with Nate also aired on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.

Also, watch for interviews with Nate and Brian on tonight’s news! ABC7News, CBS 5, and NBC Channel 11 all came into our office today to inquire about Lights Out.

For an updated list of news, stayed tuned to our website.

A post for Blog Action Day

October 15th, 2007

In honor of Blog Action Day, I’d like to point out an article the SF Chronicle ran on Sunday. Cities throughout California are setting up solar-powered parking lots. According to the Chronicle, “[a]lthough the demand for electricity peaks on days when the sun shines brightest, solar power accounts for less than 1 percent of California’s total electricity supply”. Wouldn’t it be great to harness more energy from this life-giving star at the center of our solar system? For more information, read “Solar-powered parking lots”.

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