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Published on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Earth Hour saved more last year in Oakville

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) launched event in 2007

Earth Hour saved more last year in Oakville
Earth Hour's 60+ emblem
Official figures show Oakville participation almost same as last year.
By Nathan Howes, Oakville Beaver
Nearly on par with 2016 results, this year’s Earth Hour (Saturday, March 25) saw a 3.65 per cent reduction in energy in Oakville.

Oakville Hydro publicly released the statistics on Monday, March 27.

The 3.65 per cent reduction, equivalent to a savings of 6.2 mWh in energy, was slightly lower than the 3.7 per cent or 6.5 MWh conserved in 2016.

Launched in 2007 as a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) effort in Sydney, Australia, Earth Hour is now a global lights-out/power down effort to encourage individuals, businesses and governments to take accountability for their ecological footprint.

One hour per year

For one hour on a single March night every year, from 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time, residents are encouraged to turn off non-essential lights and unplug electronics.

“Every year, Earth Hour is a reminder of the global importance of climate change and conservation,” stated Rob Lister, Oakville Hydro president and CEO, in a media release.

Residents showed their support

“Once again, Oakville residents showed their support and commitment to saving energy and building a green town through energy-wise decisions, both big and small.”

Since 2008, the estimated amount of energy saved in Oakville has exceeded 80 mWh, equivalent to about 1.3 million light bulbs, according to the Town.

Besides Earth Hour, the Town holds a number of annual energy conservation and environmental stewardship events and programs for residents to take part in.

Visit oakville.ca for information.

Conservation tips can be found on Oakville Hydro’s website at www.oakvillehydro.com/conservation/conservation-residential-tips.html.
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