Earth Hour Results Are In
Prince George, B.C. – BC Hydro says British Columbians saved 24 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the provincial electricity load by 0.3 per cent during Earth Hour Saturday night – the equivalent of turning off about 1.1 million LED lightbulbs. However, in the northern part of the province electricity consumption was up.
Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund that encourages individuals to turn off unnecessary lights and electronics in an effort to conserve power. Nearly 190 countries and territories across seven continents participated by powering down between 8:30 and 9:30 Saturday night.
BC Hydro lists the following reduction in electricity load by region:
- Lower Mainland: 16.5 megawatts less (0.4 per cent)
- Vancouver Island: 3.3 megawatts less (0.2 per cent)
- Southern Interior: 7.9 megawatts less (1.7 per cent)
- Northern Interior: 3.4 megawatts more (0.4 per cent)
BC Hydro customers can view their individual electricity use for Saturday evening by logging onto their online account. They can get an hourly breakdown of their electricity use and compare it to the same time period the previous Saturday (March 18).