Join Team Earth Hour

Community Involvement, Energy Conservation

Mar 19, 2013  8

What will you be doing this Saturday night? We encourage you to join Team Earth Hour, and spend part of the evening taking action to reduce your energy consumption.

Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund. This year it is set for Saturday March 23rd from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The idea is for everyone to show their support for action on climate change by turning off their lights for one hour and reducing energy usage any other ways they can.

Yukon Energy will track the electrical consumption for that hour of all Yukon communities connected to our grid to find out how much was saved. We'll post the results here on this blog and on our social media sites (Facebook and Twitter). 

Last year during Earth Hour, Yukoners reduced their consumption by 1.1 megawatts. This year we're hoping to do even better.

While Earth Hour is symbolic (obviously it by itself won't solve the problem of climate change), it is a starting point. We'd like Yukon people to think about how all of us use energy, and take action to conserve energy all the time.

We'd also invite you to post a note on our blog or Facebook page, outlining what you will be doing/what you did during Earth Hour to reduce your energy consumption. If you take the time to do this, we'll enter your name in a draw for a selection of energy-saving products for your home. The deadline to enter is Monday March 25th at 4 p.m. Yukon time.

For more information about Earth Hour, visit the World Wildlife Fund’s website.


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by mike brown

I will shut down everything and use woodstove and candle light.


by Doreen Grady

To save energy, I always unplug any appliances that are not “currently” being used.


by Deborah Prodeahl

From 8:30 to 9:30 we’re going to light candles, wrap ourselves in a blanket, turn the furnace down, lights off and listen to the peace of the night.


by Teresa

For earth hour, I will be out of my house with friends.  I will be leaving all my lights off, my thermostat turned down a few degrees, and my kitchen counter appliances unplugged.


by Kathy DeCecco

For my contribution to Earth Hour, I plan to sit by the picture window and read my novel by the natural daylight. I will probably have to move to the table and read with my small pocket flashlight. Will be a nice quiet hour for me, with no radio or television.


by Doreen Grady

To save energy I always disconnect any appliances that are not “currently” in use.


by Micheal LHeureux

Cool we are on board for this. Too bad the City of Whitehorse couldn’t somehow shut down every other street light for Earth Hour. Bet that would make a huge drop in the consumption.


by DTJ

Turning off lights for an hour in the Yukon is as effective as leaving a steak in the fridge for an hour, hoping that someone in Ethiopia will not go hungry in the future because of my symbolic gesture.

Electricity cannot be stored, it is either used or lost. Al Gore selling Current TV to one of the world’s largest oil producing countries in the world for half a billion dollars, showed that the godfather of climate change fear-mongering himself thinks climate change is an insider joke that lined his pockets with $100,000,000 of oil and blood soaked money.

Every light in my house will be on for ‘Earth Hour’.