Earth Hour cuts electricity use in the North Okanagan

British Columbians saved 65 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the provincial electricity load by one per cent

British Columbians saved 65 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the provincial electricity load by one per cent during Earth Hour Saturday.

That is the equivalent of turning off about 1.4 million lights.

“Earth Hour encourages individuals to turn off unnecessary lights and electronics to demonstrate support for climate change reduction efforts,” said Simi Heer, with B.C. Hydro, adding that the event is hosted globally by the World Wildlife Federation.

The 2014 results of one per cent compare to 1.95 per cent in 2013 in B.C., 1.67 per cent in 2012 and 1.8 per cent in 2011. The provincial electricity load was reduced by two per cent in 2008.

For North Okanagan communities, there was four per cent in savings in Lumby Saturday, while the results were 2.6 per cent in Coldstream, 2.1 per cent in both Enderby and Spallumcheen and 1.7 per cent each in Vernon and Lake Country.