On Saturday, March 30 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) will celebrate Earth Hour by turning off non-essential lights and “powering down” municipal facilities while encouraging local residents, visitors and businesses to do the same.
“Earth Hour is an opportunity for us to demonstrate the impact of taking small steps for just one evening to reduce our energy consumption,” said Mayor Jack Crompton. “I encourage all residents, visitors and businesses to unplug, switch off, power down and find creative ways to reduce energy consumption during Earth Hour on March 30. I also challenge everyone to get inspired and take steps beyond Earth Hour to reduce their personal energy consumption every day.”
2019 will mark the twelfth year that Whistler will participate in Earth Hour.
With a few small changes, many homes and businesses in Whistler can reduce their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Residents can extend Earth Hour into every day through simple conservation actions:
- Turn off unnecessary lights.
- Hang clothes to dry.
- Turn down the heat–especially when not at home.
- Choose ENERGY STAR products when upgrading lighting, appliances, and electronic equipment.
- Get an energy assessment for your home, complete with a $250 incentive from the RMOW. Visit whistler.ca/powerdown for more information.
BC Hydro provides tools, resources and incentives to help people conserve year-round. Visit www.bchydro.com/powersmart for tips on how to be smart with your power, and find more information about Earth Hour in B.C. on BC Hydro’s website.
The RMOW, in partnership with EfficiencyBC, is also excited to offer residents up to $4,000 in rebates for upgrading to a heat pump for heating or cooling homes. Learn more.
About Earth Hour
Earth Hour was founded by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to draw attention to energy consumption and climate change. Earth Hour is an opportunity for communities to raise awareness about energy consumption and climate change, while taking steps to conserve energy. Earth Hour also provides a chance to celebrate making a commitment to our planet beyond the hour.
For more information about Earth Hour visit www.earthhour.org.