Earth Hour - Saturday, March 29 - 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.


Can you switch off for one hour for a moment of darkness?
Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund and supported by BC Hydro where everyone is encouraged to turn off their lights and other unnecessary electronics and appliances to conserve as much power as possible.  By reducing electrical consumption you are also supporting climate change reduction efforts.
In 2013, North Cowichan residents and businesses saved 7.7% electricity for the one hour period.  By comparison residents and businesses in the City of Duncan saved 7.8% and in Ladysmith they saved 7.3%.  Communities of Comox and Courtenay saved almost 10%.  Can we improve our participation for 2014?
I am confident that the citizens of North Cowichan will respond to this challenge, states Mayor Jon Lefebure. As Earth Hour approaches, we all have an opportunity to acknowledge the need to reduce our energy consumption for the future of the planet. Let's surpass our energy reduction from last year and be vigilant in incorporating energy-saving habits into our daily lives.
By switching off for one hour, British Columbians reduced the provincial electricity load by 1.95% and saved 136 megawatt hours of electricity.  This is the same as turning off about 9 million 12.5-watt LED light bulbs.  Join the hundreds of millions of people around the world to support a future where climate change is no longer a threat.
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