On Saturday night, Kitzzy and I had an Earth Hour game night and BBQ to which no one showed up. But that's okay; we played the Game of Life, then sat around in a candle-lit room for awhile and talked. It wasn't so bad sitting in the near darkness, so we decided we would try it for a month.
Starting today, we're going to go for a month using almost only candle-light. I say almost because there's a few things we can't shut off, such as my aquarium, and other things we just decided to leave, like the refrigerator light and Kitzzy's alarm clocks that gradually increases the light to wake you up. Everything else is off.
I put masking tape over all of the light switches to help alleviate the accidental turn-ons from the habit of turning on the switch when entering the room. This has already helped a lot for the cause.
Kitzzy has a bunch of candles and accessories from when she used to do Party Lite so we got all of that stuff from her parents. I wanted a candle to carry around, a la Victorian England so we went to IKEA and I picked up a candle holder and some more candles. Kitzzy says if I had a stocking cap, I'd look like Ebenezer Scrooge carrying this around.
I'm very much looking forward to the next month. I like the glow that candles give a room much more than artificial lighting. I'm looking forward to seeing how different life is without artificial lighting and how to adapt to it.
I'm going to attempt to limit the amount of light my aquarium gives off to the room, but that's a difficult thing to do. At some point, I would like to make a cost comparison of using candles to using lights, but I won't know enough about candle costs for a week or two.