For the first time in a decade, there was an increase in electricity use across B.C. during Earth Hour on Saturday night. Electricity use rose by 0.2 per cent province-wide.
While a recent BC Hydro report entitled Lights out: Why Earth Hour is dimming in B.C. [PDF, 320 KB] found that 7 in 10 British Columbians intended to participate in Earth Hour – an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund that encourages individuals to turn off unnecessary lights to combat climate change – the trend of declining participation continued for a fifth year.
Results by region:
- Lower Mainland: increased by 0.5 per cent
- Vancouver Island: increased by 0.6 per cent
- Southern Interior: 0 per cent decrease
- Northern Interior: 0 per cent decrease
More than 180 countries and territories across seven continents participated as the global community came together to power down between 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.
BC Hydro customers can view an hourly breakdown of their electricity use for Saturday evening by logging onto their online MyHydro account.
For more energy saving tips, tools and resources, visit PowerSmart.ca.