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Oakville Earth Hour reduced energy consumption by 2.9%

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This past Saturday, Oakville residents were playing cards by candlelight, using flashlights to read books, and sitting back, unplugging and enjoying the quiet — all in support of Earth Hour 2013. Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc. reported that during Earth Hour 2013 the demand for electricity in the Town of Oakville was reduced by 2.9 per cent (5.29 MW) compared to a typical Saturday night in March.

“On behalf of Council, I would like to thank all Oakville residents who participated in Earth Hour,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Together we're creating a cleaner, greener town. Our hope is that residents take up the challenge to reduce energy use every day.”

Residents shared their Earth Hour 2013 highlights with the town through Twitter and Facebook.

“We always strive to promote conservation, and Earth Hour is a fun way to get people involved and thinking about making choices that will help build a sustainable future,” said Rob Lister, President and CEO of Oakville Hydro Corporation. “People across the globe took part and we are proud that Oakville participated in such a widespread important initiative.”

Earth Hour 2013 was observed in more than 7,000 cities, towns and municipalities in more than 150 countries and territories around the world.