Earth Hour Observance Tonight
Prince George, B.C. – BC Hydro is encouraging British Columbians to observe and participate in Earth Hour tonight from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. by turning off unnecessary lights and electronics for one hour. You can also monitor the difference in your electricity consumption using free, online electricity tracking tools.
Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which promotes efforts to conserve power and demonstrate support for climate change reduction efforts.
The City of Prince George, which has observed this event in the past, will be doing so again tonight. At 8:30 pm the City will be turning off non-essential outdoor and indoor lighting at City Hall for Earth Hour. Emergency lights and security systems will be left on for safety purposes. The City also encouraged its employees to turn off their office lights, shut down computers and unplug unnecessary electrical cords.
To track usage, BC Hydro customers can login to their online account, which contains tools that are available year-round and allows them to:
- See their electricity use down to the hour.
- Compare electricity use to similar homes nearby, to last year’s usage, and to the average outside temperature.
- Set up alerts and reminders.
- See their estimated bill.
- Download their home’s electricity use data for offline analysis.
To most effectively track the difference that participating in Earth Hour made, customers should compare their energy consumption to the same time period the previous Saturday (March 18). For tools and other resources go to powersmart.ca.