Super savers

Not so impressive, Surrey, but way to go, all of B.C. Combined, B.C. residents saved 117 megawatt hours of electricity during Earth Hour, nearly twice the number saved last year.

Not so impressive, Surrey, but way to go, all of B.C.

Combined, B.C. residents saved 117 megawatt hours of electricity during Earth Hour, nearly twice the number saved last year, according to B.C. Hydro. That’s equivalent to turning off 7.8 million 15-watt compact fluorescent bulbs.

Residents of Surrey cut their power consumption by 1.5 per cent compared to 2 per cent in 2010.

It was also lower than the provincial average of 1.8 per cent.

Leading the way were Pitt Meadows, which saved 5.7 per cent, followed by Kitimat and Whistler (both 4.35) and Maple Ridge at 3.9 per cent.

Around the region, Delta cut its power use by 2.1 per cent, Langley Township 1.34 per cent, White Rock by 1.01 per cent and Langley City by .99 per cent.

Sixty minutes of Earth Hour-style conservation every day would save enough electricity to power 4,000 homes for an entire year, said Lisa Coltart, B.C. Hydro’s executive director of Power Smart.