Reducing Energy Consumption During Earth Hour, Saturday, March 28, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.


(March 26, 2015, North Cowichan) In preparation for Earth Hour, a worldwide event that encourages people to reduce their energy consumption for one hour, the Municipality of North Cowichan is urging all residents to join the global challenge and switch off and unplug between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.
 
Participating in Earth Hour is a way for the Municipality to demonstrate an environmental commitment, said Mayor Jon Lefebure. Last year during Earth Hour, North Cowichan residents and businesses reduced electrical consumption by 1.5%. We ranked 50th out of 69 communities. This year, I challenge everyone in our Municipality to take part and see if we can further reduce our energy consumption.
 
During last years Earth Hour, British Columbians saved 65 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the provincial electricity load by one per centthe equivalent of turning off about 1.4 million lights. The Resort Municipality of Whistler had the greatest reductions across the province at 6.0%.
 
Individuals and businesses can participate in Earth Hour by turning off all non-essential lights and unplugging appliances and electronics that arent in use. Additional energy-saving tips and information about rebates on energy-efficient products can be found on the BC Hydro website atPowersmart.ca.
 
This year, Earth Hour, which started in 2007 as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, will involve six continents and 120 countries across 24 time zones.
 
On Monday, March 30, North Cowichan will share, via Twitter and Facebook, Earth Hour electricity consumption statistics for the Municipality.
 
To keep informed about North Cowichans environmental initiatives, associated events and conservation tips, the Municipality invites residents and businesses to subscribe to Climate Action and Energy Plan notifications. Click on Notifications at the top of the North Cowichan website to register.