Earth Hour in the Okanagan

Earth Hour - LogoAt 8:30 PM on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour. With Earth Hour almost upon us, our thoughts are with the people of Japan during this incredibly challenging and sad time for their country. In our support of Earth Hour, A-OK has changed the theme for today to appear as it would at night without lights on; using this darker display will equate to a small amount of energy savings. Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the WWF that encourages individuals to show their support for the fight against climate change. More than 80 communities in B.C. signed up to participate in Earth Hour 2010, this year, we’re hoping to see an increase in that number!

What does that mean for us in BC? Well, last year the province’s electricity load dropped by 1.04 per cent during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 27. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. British Columbians saved 64.6 megawatt hours of electricity – the equivalent of turning off about 1.4 million lights. If British Columbians implemented the same conservation measures just one hour every evening, the combined savings would be enough to power close to 2,200 homes for an entire year.

BC Hydro is a sponsor of the even and encourages British Columbians to join Team Power Smart to set a personal electricity conservation target. Team Power Smart provides tools, resources and incentives to help people conserve year-round. For example, washing your clothes in cold water, turning off the heated-dry function on your dishwasher and turning down the heat by one degree are all simple changes people can make everyday to conserve.

Feel free to see the Earth Hour 2010 Electricity Savings Report [PDF, 25 Kb] for a detailed breakdown of savings by community.

Go beyond the hour, find out more about Earth Hour at the Official Website.

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