Reduce Energy Consumption and Participate in Earth Hour 2014

March 27, 2014

The Township of Esquimalt invites residents to join Earth Hour celebrations across BC and around the world by turning off lights and electrical equipment for one hour from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014. 



Earth Hour is an opportunity to look around and consider what can be done in your home or workplace year-round to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions.



Last year, Esquimalt’s electricity load decreased by 5.4% during the one hour event thanks to the efforts of residents and businesses. As a result, the community was ranked 20th in the province for reduction in energy consumption. Can we break into the top 10 this year?



According to BC Hydro, the total provincial energy savings from Earth Hour participation since 2008 is 500.27 megawatt hours of electricity – the equivalent of turning off 40 million 12.5-watt LED light bulbs.



To learn more about the Township’s efforts to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, please click here to download the 2013 CARIP Report. 



Background and information resources:

Earth Hour is an annual global event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and supported provincially by BC Hydro. Earth Hour brings attention to the issue of climate change by asking individuals, businesses and governments to turn off their lights for an hour. It began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia and in 2008 became a global sustainability movement. 



Looking for ways to participate? Click on the links below:



BC Hydro Website: http://www.bchydro.com/news/community_events/earth_hour0.html



Earth Hour Canada: http://momentofdarkness.ca/en/



Global Earth Hour Page: http://www.earthhour.org/



For more information, please contact:

Marlene Lagoa, Community Development Coordinator

Tel: 250-414-7114