Take the Earth Hour Challenge

Community Involvement, Energy Conservation

Mar 22, 2012  2

Once again this year Yukon Energy is participating in Earth Hour. It's an opportunity to see just how much we as Yukoners can reduce our electricity usage between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Sarturday March 31st. We'll measure the results and share them with you.

Last year during Earth Hour, Yukoners reduced power consumption by about one megawatt. Let's see if we can do even better this year. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Go to our Facebook page and tell us what you'll be doing for Earth Hour, and your name will be entered in a draw for a selection of energy-saving devices, courtesy of the Yuon government's Energy Solutions Centre, the Yukon Conservation Society and Yukon Energy.

But remember...Earth Hour isn't just a one night stand! It's about taking action to reduce energy use year round.


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by Dave W

Hey, Earth Hour is great?  My only question is, if everyone in a building turns off the lights and then you restart the lights from a “cold load” situation and if the utility charges on the the peak of the meter reading, a cold load start will cause the peak to jump higher, thus causing the customer to be charged based on this new peak meter reading. What a great deal for the utility company!!  Please turn off your lights.


by Yukon Energy

Dave: the peak demand charge you refer applies only to mines and other business customers and not to residential customers. The way it works is that the peak has to be there for 15 minutes before the charge applies. In cold load situations, we can pick up load in less than one minute. That means no customers will be charged extra if they want to turn off their lights during Earth Hour, and then turn them back on at the end of the hour. I hope we have answered your question.