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B.C. Earth Hour savings drops by nearly half

By Dana Bowen, 24 hours Vancouver

British Columbians switched off the equivalent of 1.4 million lights Saturday night to show support for the fight against climate change.

Earth Hour is an annual event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund and supported by BC Hydro. Residents switched off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. and reduced the province’s electricity load by 1% — down by nearly half from 1.95% last year, according to BC Hydro.

“We see it largely as a symbolic event,” said BC Hydro spokeswoman Simi Heer. “It’s an opportunity to talk about energy conservation.”

Whistler saved the most energy in B.C. at 6%, while Esquimalt and Lytton followed close behind.

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