Peninsula reduces energy during Earth Hour

Sidney, North Saanich dropped more than three per cent energy use Saturday night

A pair of Peninsula communities were listed among the successful reduction of energy use during Earth Hour on March 31. According to B.C. Hydro as British Columbians saved 121 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the provincial electricity load by 1.67 percent about the same as the 1.8 per cent drop last year.

The community with the highest reduction in consumption was Revelstoke at  12.1 per cent. Sidney dropped 3.1 per cent and North Saanich 3.3 per cent. Central Saanich was not listed in the results.

Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund and supported provincially by B.C. Hydro. This year marks the fifth year of BC Hydro’s support of the event. The goal is to encourage individuals to turn off unnecessary lights and electronics in an effort to conserve power and in doing so, demonstrate support for climate change reduction efforts.