Be Power Smart for Earth Hour 2013
BC Hydro encourages residents of Fernie to join millions of Canadians in support of Earth Hour 2013 by turning off their lights on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Last year, Fernie lowered its energy consumption by 1.22 per cent during Earth Hour. B.C.’s overall electricity load dropped by 1.67 per cent.
Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund and supported by BC Hydro. The goal of this event is to encourage individuals to turn off unnecessary lights and electronics in an effort to conserve power.
This year, many BC Hydro account holders can track their energy use through “MyHydro” – an online tool at www.bchydro.com/myhydro – and compare their electricity use on the Saturday prior to Earth Hour with their actual use during Earth Hour.
The new tool provides timely information on household electricity consumption, giving customers the ability to make informed decisions year-round. Customers can now see their hourly, daily or weekly electricity use, not just the total energy used in a two-month bill.
In 2012, British Columbians saved 121 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the provincial electricity load by 1.67 per cent during Earth Hour – the equivalent of turning off about 9 million 12.5-watt LED light bulbs.
Last year, Revelstoke had the highest reduction in energy use at 12.1 per cent.
For more information on Earth Hour, please visit www.bchydro.com/earthhour.