North Okanagan residents are urged to take part in Earth Hour Saturday night.

North Okanagan residents are urged to take part in Earth Hour Saturday night.

Power down for Earth Hour

Earth Hour, an annual worldwide event hosted by the WWF, takes place Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Earth Hour, an annual worldwide event hosted by the WWF, takes place Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The event encourages people around the world to turn off unnecessary lights and electronics.

“B.C. Hydro is encouraging British Columbians to participate in Earth Hour and monitor their own electricity use using their online MyHydro accounts on bchydro.com,” states a release.

“B.C. Hydro customers can compare their electricity use during Earth Hour on Saturday to a previous day to see if turning off unnecessary lights and electronics makes a difference in their household electricity consumption.”

B.C. Hydro advises adopting energy efficiency and managing household electricity use year-round.

Lighting can account for up to 15 per cent of a household’s electricity use. Energy Star LED bulbs use at least 75 per cent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 20 years.

The average Canadian home has more than 25 electronic devices that use standby power – this can account for up to 10 per cent of your average household’s electricity use. B.C. Hydro recommends unplugging unused electronics and using an advanced power bar to manage standby power and automatically turn off multiple devices.