Summerlanders urged to turn off power for Earth Hour

B.C. Hydro is urging Summerlanders to turn off their lights for an hour on March 23 in support of Earth Hour 2013.

B.C. Hydro is urging Summerlanders to turn off their lights for an hour on March 23 in support of Earth Hour 2013.

Earth Hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., is an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund and supported by B.C. Hydro. The goal is to encourage individuals to turn off unnecessary lights and electronics in an attempt to conserve electricity.

“Turning the lights off for Earth Hour signifies that British Columbians want to conserve energy. It also shows that we can use less electricity than we usually do. Conserving energy helps our environment and has the added benefit of saving money on electricity bills,”said Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas.

Last year during Earth Hour, Summerland lowered its energy consumption by 2.48 per cent during Earth Hour.

The province’s overall electricity load dropped by 1.67 per cent.

This works out to a province wide savings of 121 megawatt hours, or the equivalent of turning off nine million 12.5-watt LED light bulbs.

“I encourage all British Columbians to power down for Earth Hour 2013 — you might even help your community achieve the highest reduction in energy use in the province,” said Terry Lake, Minister of Environment.

Last year, Revelstoke had the greatest energy reduction in the province, with a decrease of 12.1 per cent.

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has grown to more than 150 countries and territories worldwide.

A total of 511 Canadian cities including Summerland participated last year.

Summerlanders are urged to take part in Earth Hour by visiting www.fortisbc.com/Electricity/PowerSense/InYourCommunity/EarthHour/Pages/default.aspx and registering a pledge to participate.

More information about Earth Hour is available at www.youtube.com/earth hour.

 

Just Posted

Choral Extravaganza brings valley choirs together

Sunday concert features six choirs singing together

Visiting Vees pound West Kelowna Warriors

The Vees got hat tricks from two players en route to an 11-3 win

‘Listen to your gut’ urges injured skier

Mike Shaw was told he’d never walk again after an accident four years ago, but he defied the odds

Small grass fire sparks in West Kelowna

Fire crews quickly douse blaze in ditch on Friday afternoon

Remembering road crash victims in Kelowna

World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims takes place Sunday in Kelowna

Drones used in search for clues about missing women

A volunteer search party was supported by professional drone operators

Start on time: Canucks looking to shake first-period struggles

Canucks centre Bo Horvat said the formula for getting a leg up is there for everyone to see

COMMUTER ALERT: Snowfall warnings in effect across B.C.

Travelling this weekend? Check the forecasts before hitting the road

Choral Extravaganza brings valley choirs together

Sunday concert features six choirs singing together

Tips for keeping your personal data safe, from the experts

It’s important to keep your ‘online footprint’ safe

Lights to turn blue ahead of funeral for fallen Abbotsford police officer

Buildings across B.C. are going blue Saturday night in honour of Const. John Davidson

Ride-share pioneer drives up quietly to B.C. battleground

Lyft approaches B.C. without Uber bombast, eyes small towns

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Biosphere designation boosts national park drive

Certification outlines conservation as key part of sustainable tourism development

Most Read