Tuesday, April 3, 2012
When the lights went out in Oakville this past Saturday, it was for a good cause! Oakville residents and businesses showed their support for Earth Hour by turning off their lights for an hour between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. By doing so, we were able to reduce our energy use in Oakville by five per cent or 8,381 kWh.
“Everything we can do to conserve energy has positive results for our community and beyond,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Council and I are very proud of everyone who participated in Earth Hour. Your commitment to creating a better community and better environment is what will make us the most livable town in Canada.”
The town shut off non-essential lighting where possible, including parking lots and marquee signage, at Town Hall, central operations, southeast depot, the greenhouse, community centres, Oakville Transit, libraries, the Oakville Centre Performing Arts, pools and arenas.
Oakville Hydro used an Independent Electricity System Operator to evaluate Earth Hour’s success by comparing last year’s energy consumption to this year’s use over the same day and time. The five per cent reduction in energy consumption was also accompanied by an estimated peak load reduction of 2.7 MW.
“Earth Hour is such a fantastic annual event and a fun way for the entire community to support conservation,” said Rob Lister, President and CEO at Oakville Hydro. “Conserving energy is one step in the right direction towards building a sustainable future and, once again, Oakville residents showed their support.”
Earth Hour is a global lights-out initiative created by the World Wildlife Fund to demand action on climate change.
Visit the Oakville Hydro website for year round energy conservation tips.
The town is involved in a number of energy conservation initiatives including:
The town also received a Federation of Canadian Municipalities Award earlier this year for sustainable building design procedure, energy management, and LEED readiness for the new Oakville Transit facility and Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.
For more information on the town’s many energy conservation initiatives visit the Energy Conservation page.
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