Tonight at 8:30 p.m. BC Hydro is encouraging British Columbians to power off for 60 minutes for Earth Hour’s 10th annual event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund.
Spokesperson Mora Scott says for BC Hydro, Earth Hour is a symbolic event to encourage people to turn off unnecessary electronics to promote conservation.
She says the event is also to encourage people to make simple changes every day to minimize electricity.
“We know that lighting accounts for up to 15 per cent of a home’s electricity use, so turning off the lights is a really easy way to save money and energy. We also encourage customers to switch to LED light bulbs, they can make a really big difference. They use about 75 per cent less electricity and they actually last a lot longer, they can last up to 20 years.”
Scott says customers can track their hourly consumption for free on BC Hydro’s website to compare their Earth Hour to last Saturday.
“We also know that the average Canadian home also has more than 25 electronic devices that use standby power, so this is things like cell phone chargers and other electronic devices that we leave plugged in all the time that we might not actually be using and they can account for up to 10 per cent of customer’s electricity bill.”
Scott says last year over 178 countries and territories participated in Earth Hour.