Summerlanders are being encouraged to spend a bit of time without power on Saturday evening during Earth Hour.
Earth Hour is an initiative to raise awareness about energy use.
Residents are asked to turn off the power for one hour that evening, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
A sign-up for Earth Hour is available through FortisBC at www.fortisbc.com/ELECTRICITY/POWERSENSE/INYOURCOMMUNITY/EARTHHOUR/Pages/Take-the-pledge.aspx or by signing a form at municipal hall.
If Summerland has the most people per capita in the region participating, the Summerland Asset Development Initiative will receive a $5,000 energy upgrade.
Mayor Janice Perrino said Summerland won the competition two years ago and she would like to see that success repeated.
She said Earth Hour is important because it forces people to think about electrical consumption.
“I think it makes us aware of how important electricity is,” she said. “It’s a slow but steady attitude adjustment and that’s important.”