BC Hydro encourages residents of the Sunshine Coast to join millions of Canadians in support of Earth Hour 2013 by turning off their lights this Saturday, March 23 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Last year, Sechelt lowered its energy consumption by 5.07 per cent during Earth Hour. B.C.’s overall electricity load dropped by 1.67 per cent.
Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund and supported by BC Hydro. The goal of this event is to encourage individuals to turn off unnecessary lights and electronics in an effort to conserve power.
This year, many BC Hydro account holders can track their energy use by logging onto MyHydro — their on-line account at www.bchydro.com/myhydro to compare their electricity use on the Saturday prior to Earth Hour with their actual use during Earth Hour.
The new tools provide timely information on household electricity consumption, giving customers the ability to make informed decisions year-round. Customers can now see their hourly, daily or weekly electricity use, not just the total energy used in a two-month bill.
“Earth Hour participants send a powerful, visual message to their neighbours and communities,” said BC Hydro president and CEO Charles Reid. “Our Power Smart goals complement events like Earth Hour, which get people thinking about how they can reduce energy waste for the other 8,759 hours of the year. This year, thanks to the timely information provided through MyHydro, our customers can compare their own personal electricity use.”
For more information on Earth Hour, visit www.bchydro.com/earthhour.