The results are in, and North Vancouver has taken it. On Earth Hour, where the goal was to have as many households as possible power down between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., energy consumption across British Columbia dropped by an average of two per cent. North Vancouver reduced its consumption by six percent – the best in the province.
Vancouver came third, in a tie with Nanaimo at 3.5 per cent, a full percentage point ahead of Victoria.
According to BC Hydro, the 125 megawatts saved across the province indicate that some 2.5 million lights were turned off. If everyone who participated did the same thing every Saturday night, they say the savings would be enough to power 573 homes for an entire year.
Calgary, many Vancouverites will be pleased to note, was the only city in which power consumption increased during Earth Hour. Organizers there blamed the jump on cold weather and a late start in locally promotions of the global event.
Below are the regional totals of power consumption during Earth Hour, courtesy of BC Hydro.
Did you shut off your lights?