Earth Hour lights stayed on in Omineca region

The lights dimmed, but apparently not in Vanderhoof or Fort St. James.

The lights dimmed, but apparently not in Vanderhoof or Fort St. James.

Earth Hour had communities all over the world turning off unnecessary appliances and lights to help save energy, and saw a savings of 117 megawatt hours of electricity in BC, according to BC Hydro.

The event saw a reduction of 1.8 per cent in the provincial electricity load, up from 1.04 per cent last year. BC Hydro related the savings to turning off about 7.8 million 15-watt compact fluorescent bulbs.

But of all the 65 communities which registered electrical savings for the event, neither Vanderhoof nor Fort St. James were on the list.

The community of Pitt Meadows topped the list, with a 5.70 per cent savings in energy use during Earth Hour, with Tumbler Ridge a close second at 4.95 per cent. Even the small community of Hudson’s Hope made the list, with an almost two per cent reduction in energy use during the event.