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Earth Hour 2017 – Let’s continue to be energy wise beyond the hour

Thank you to all those who participated in 2017 Earth Hour, which took place this past Saturday, March 25th from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Earth Hour is an annual global event that encourages individuals to turn off unnecessary lights and electronics for one hour as a means to raise awareness about the importance of energy conservation and encourage ongoing action throughout the year to ensure responsible energy use. This year, an unprecedented 187 countries and territories took part.

The Earth Hour event has showcased that collective action can have big impacts. This year British Columbians saved 24 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the provincial electricity load by 0.3 per cent during Earth Hour – the equivalent of turning off 1.1 million LED lightbulbs. 

While Earth Hour is a reminder of the power of conservation, it is not a substitute for making energy efficiency a priority year-round. Many resources are available to help residents and businesses save energy and money. You can visit BC Hydro Power Smart and Fortis BC to discover energy-saving tips, and access information on rebates and incentive programs. Below is an example of the type information tools offered through the Power Smart program, which can help you understand how you use electricity, so that you can save energy and money.

earth hour consumption graph


Last year, BC Hydro’s Power Smart programs saved 5,091 gigawatt hours of electricity — enough to power 485,000 homes annually. These energy savings contribute to more effective and efficient use of valuable resources, and also mean real cost savings. To see the energy and cost savings realised from your direct actions, you can also monitor your energy use through MyHydro and Fortis BC accounts.


Remember, being energy wise makes good sense all year long!

Last updated: 29/03/2017 1:42:13 PM