The lights went out across the North Okanagan Saturday.
Residents throughout the region participated in Earth Hour as a way of conserving energy.
Lumby’s electricity load dropped by 4.1 per cent during Earth Hour 2013, while it was 2.7 per cent for Coldstream, 2.1 per cent for Lake Country, 2.1 per cent for Vernon, 0.8 per cent for Armstrong, 0.8 per cent for Spallumcheen and 0.2 per cent for Enderby.
The top five B.C. communities for this year’s Earth Hour were Comox, Courtenay, North Saanich, Sidney and Qualicum.
British Columbians saved 136 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the provincial electricity load by 1.95 per cent during Earth Hour Saturday night – the equivalent of turning off more than 10 million 12.5-watt LED light bulbs.
Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund and supported by B.C. Hydro.
The goal of Earth Hour 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.