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Published on Thursday, March 29, 2018

Oakville experiences 3.2% power reduction during Earth Hour

Not Oakville's greatest Earth Hour effort, but not its worst

Oakville experiences 3.2% power reduction during Earth Hour
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This year’s number was not as bad as Oakville’s worst Earth Hour showing, a 1.6 per cent power reduction in 2015, but not nearly as good as results in 2009 when the town saw energy demand drop by 13.3 per cent.
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Oakville Hydro reports that during Earth Hour (Saturday, March 24), the demand for electricity in Oakville dropped by 3.2 per cent.

Officials said this is the equivalent of turning off 390,000 light bulbs.

The reduction is not quite as good as 2017’s results, which saw a power drop of 3.65 per cent.

The year before (2016) Oakville saw a power reduction of 3.7 per cent.

“Conserving energy is top of mind for many customers who are looking to combat climate change. Earth Hour is a reminder for all of us to consider other things we can do to make a difference in saving energy and continuing to build a green town.”
— Rob Lister, President and CEO of Oakville Hydro.

This year’s number was not as bad as Oakville’s worst Earth Hour showing, a 1.6 per cent power reduction in 2015, but not nearly as good as results in 2009 when the town saw energy demand drop by 13.3 per cent.

Oakville’s first Earth Hour effort achieved a respectable 8.2 per cent reduction in 2008.

“Conserving energy is top of mind for many customers who are looking to combat climate change,” said Rob Lister, president and CEO of Oakville Hydro.

“Earth Hour is a reminder for all of us to consider other things we can do to make a difference in saving energy and continuing to build a green town.”

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton noted that every action taken-big or small- to conserve energy has a positive impact on the community and the environment.

“On behalf of council, I want to thank all of our residents for their contribution not only during Earth Hour, but also throughout the year,” said Burton.

“We encourage residents to continue finding ways to reduce their energy use in their daily lives.”

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet that the World Wildlife Fund started in 2007 with a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia.

Since then, it has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns worldwide.

The one-hour event, which lasts from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., continues to symbolize the larger effort to combat climate change.

For more information on Earth Hour visit www.earthhour.org.
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