Castlegar takes the Earth Cup home again

By Contributor
March 30th, 2010

FortisBC asked customers to unplug and share their plans for Earth Hour this past Saturday. And unplug they did. People from 32 different communities within the FortisBC service area pledged their support at www.fortisbc.com. As a result, electricity consumption dropped by 2.06 per cent, or 6.38 megawatts, during Earth Hour on Saturday, Mar. 28. This amounts to switching off 106,000 60W incandescent light bulbs.

“Congratulations to all the participating communities for doing their part to make Earth Hour a fun and successful event,” says Michael Mulcahy, FortisBC’s vice president of customer and corporate services. “Earth Hour demonstrates that each individual action is important and can add up to make a difference in conserving energy.”

Manteo Resort in Kelowna was one business that encouraged guests and neighboring businesses to participate, turning off lights in public areas and urging guests to eat in the restaurant by candlelight or congregate in the lobby to wave glowsticks and enjoy hot chocolate and sweets. The Kelowna shoreline joined international landmarks that dimmed their lights for Earth Hour.

In the Earth Hour Community Challenge, the communities that generated the most pledges per capita were Castlegar, Summerland, Oliver and Keremeos. Each will receive the FortisBC Earth Hour Challenge Cup.

FortisBC PowerSense is committed to helping customers conserve energy and get the most out of their energy dollar by providing both financial incentives and advice on energy efficient technologies and practices. Since its inception in 1989, FortisBC PowerSense has helped southern interior customers save over 360 million kWhs, enough energy to power over 27,700 homes for a year.

Earth Hour is just one of the many initiatives that FortisBC PowerSense participates in to encourage energy conservation. Visit www.fortisbc.com to find out more ways to control your electricity usage, You can also call the FortisBC toll free number at 1-866-4FORTIS (1-866-436-7847).

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