"You know, we're trying to build a conservation culture in B.C. where conservation comes naturally and events like Earth Hour help educate people of the simple things they can do on a daily basis."-- BC Hydro spokesperson Simi Heer, hoping to put the best image forward of British Columbians efforts on Saturday night's Earth Hour. British Columbia's contribution to Earth Hour 2010, probably wasn't exactly what organizers had been hoping for.
As the world turned off it's lights for an hour from 8:30-9:30 on Saturday evening, the totals in BC were slightly less than last years efforts, with the provinces electricty load dropping by only 1.04 per cent, the equivalent of about 1.4 million lights getting clicked off.
While the world switched off the power to many of it's high profile landmarks, the grass roots it seems at least in BC were a little less inclined to do with the DVD's, X-boxes, wii's and such for the hour.
The CBC recognized Burns Lake as leading the province in reduction of energy consumption for the hour, a 7 percent reduction on their normal usage, though their efforts have yet to be recognized on the BC Hydro website which tracked some of the 84 officially registered participants in Saturday night's electrical turn off.
No figures for Prince Rupert's participation have been posted to the BC Hydro site yet, so we're not sure how Rupert fared compared to the rest of the province, but if the trend here was such as it was across BC, then we suspect that our figures will be much of the same.
WWF Website-- Earth Hour Canada 2010
WWF Website-- Earth Hour worldwide 2010
Vancouver Province-- Earth Hour in B.C. sees 1.04% drop in power use
Vancouver Sun-- B.C. reduces consumption of electricity by 1.04 per cent during Earth Hour
CTV News British Columbia-- B.C. reduces power for Earth Hour, but less than past years