Fewer join effort to cut power use

Fewer local residents were in the dark for Earth Hour on Saturday night.

Fewer local residents were in the dark for Earth Hour on Saturday night.

Red Deer’s electricity consumption between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. was reduced by 2.85 per cent, compared to 3.2 per cent during the same hour in 2013.

Residential and commercial customers joined in the global movement, saving a total of 2,844 kilowatt hours of electricity this year.

That’s the equivalent of turning off close to 218,770 13-watt compact fluorescent light bulbs for the hour.

“We hope that by powering down and turning off the lights for an hour, people consider making more energy-efficient choices year-round,” said Keran Braich, city environmental program specialist.

“A small change like this raises awareness about the link between energy reduction and climate change, and hopefully leads to a global impact on the environment.”

In 2009, there were power reductions of 2.5 per cent, 4.6 per cent in 2010, 1.3 per cent in 2011 and 4.2 per cent in 2012.

Red Deerians made a splash with 350 swimmers participating in the Dim Swims at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre and Collicutt Centre during Earth Hour.

Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour began as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007.

For more information on Earth Hour or other City of Red Deer environmental initiatives, visit www.reddeer.ca/environment.

Just Posted

Firefighters to visit Oriole Park homes near industrial fire to answer questions

About 80 homes were evacuated on Wednesday because of nearby fire

Trump Russia probe finally delivers some answers

WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of waiting, America is getting some… Continue reading

Trans Mountain Pipeline deadline extended

OTTAWA — The federal government is delaying a decision on the Trans… Continue reading

Kenney talks pipelines with Trudeau after election win, calls it cordial

EDMONTON — Jason Kenney, Alberta’s incoming premier, said he cordially talked pipelines… Continue reading

Shooting victims in Penticton, B.C., remembered before vigil at city park

PENTICTON, B.C. — Family and friends are remembering neighbours who were gunned… Continue reading

Updated: Industrial fabrication shop in Red Deer destroyed in morning fire

About 30 workers got out safely before building in north end gutted

Earth, meet Polo: Ralph Lauren unveils plastic bottle shirt

NEW YORK — Earth, meet Polo. Polo Ralph Lauren on Thursday launched… Continue reading

Statistics Canada reports retail sales rose 0.8 per cent in February

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says retail sales rose 0.8 per cent in… Continue reading

Inflation rises 1.9% on higher prices for fresh vegetables, mortgage costs

OTTAWA — Canada’s annual inflation was up last month as price pressures… Continue reading

Netflix adds 9.6M subscribers in 1Q as competition heats up

SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix kicked off the year with the biggest subscriber… Continue reading

Liberals find anti-Trudeau sentiment on campaign trail in Prince Edward Island

OTTAWA — When voters in Prince Edward Island go to the polls… Continue reading

Officer tells of finding body at trial for B.C. dad accused of killing daughters

VANCOUVER — A police officer choked up Tuesday as he recalled finding… Continue reading

Man faces murder charges in slayings of two men, two women in Penticton, B.C.

PENTICTON, B.C. — A former city employee described as a hard-working, civic-minded… Continue reading

A look at Alberta’s elections since the province was created in 1905

EDMONTON — A chronology of Alberta elections: Nov. 9, 1905: Lawyer Alexander… Continue reading

Most Read