Energy use drops during Earth Hour

British Columbians saved 15 megawatts of electricity around the province during Earth Hour on Saturday evening.

Earth Hour will take place on Saturday

Earth Hour will take place on Saturday

British Columbians saved 15 megawatts of electricity around the province during Earth Hour on Saturday evening.

B.C. Hydro officials said the annual one-hour event reduced electrical consumption by 0.2 per cent, or the equivalent of turning off 680,000 LED light bulbs.

Earth Hour is held around the world each year to encourage energy conservation. People and businesses are urged to run off unnecessary lights, electronics and appliances for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Around the province, the largest energy reduction was in Whistler, where the electricity load was reduced by 7.2 per cent. In Invermere, the reduction was 6.7 per cent.

The reduction in Summerland was 0.5 per cent.