Power down for Earth Hour

Clearwater and area residents urged to do their bit during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23, between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Ministry of Environment

VICTORIA - Environment Minister Terry Lake encourages British

Columbians to participate in Earth Hour 2013 by turning off

unnecessary lights and electronics between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

on Saturday, March 23.

"Earth Hour is the perfect time to reflect on the impact that we -

as individuals and collectively - have on this planet," said Lake.

"The B.C. government will do its part by shutting off the Jubilee

Lights at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria for the fifth year in

a row. In fact, thanks to careful management of building control

systems, many provincial government offices have non-essential

lights and electronics turned off after business hours every day of

the year."

According to BC Hydro, Earth Hour 2012 saw provincewide electrical

power consumption drop by 1.67 per cent during those 60 minutes,

equivalent to turning off about nine million 12.5-watt LED light

bulbs. Revelstoke had the highest reduction in energy use in the

province at 12.1 per cent.