Earth Hour a success

North Okanagan residents did their part shutting off as part of the annual Earth Hour campaign to save electricity.

North Okanagan residents did their part for the environment Saturday.

Lights were shut off as part of the  annual Earth Hour campaign to save electricity.

“Last year’s Earth Hour was a great success and this year continued to build on that,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA.

“It’s a good way to show that one hour can go a long way in electricity consumption.”

Local savings results included:

Lumby                        4.5 per cent

Coldstream                 3.8 per cent

Lake Country              3.4 per cent

Vernon                        3.4 per cent

British Columbians saved 121 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the provincial electricity load by 1.67 percent during Earth Hour Saturday.

According to B.C. Hydro, that is about the same as the 1.8 percent drop last year and the equivalent of turning off about nine million 12.5-watt LED light bulbs.