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Shuswap residents unplugged for Earth Hour
Shuswap residents joined in by turning off and unplugging to save energy during Earth Hour.
The annual event took place Saturday from 8 to 9 p.m.
Salmon Arm residents saved 1.7 per cent in the total electricity load, while Sicamous residents did better, saving two per cent.
Provincewide, British Columbians saved 65 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the provincial electricity load by one per cent during Earth Hour – the equivalent of turning off about 1.4 million lights.
This averaged one per cent of the province’s total electricity load, which is down from a high of two per cent in 2008.
Earth Hour encourages individuals to turn off unnecessary lights and electronics to demonstrate support for climate change reduction efforts.
Earth Hour is an annual, global event hosted by the World Wildlife Federation.
BC Hydro customers can view their energy use during Earth Hour by logging onto MyHydro at bchydro.com/myhydro, where they’ll find an hourly breakdown electricity use.