New Westminster's Earth Hour power savings double of previous year

New Westminster more than doubled its power consumption reduction from last year during the 2011 Earth Hour on Saturday.

Between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., residents reduced their usage by 1.49 per cent compared to the 0.7 per cent electricity consumption it had in 2010. New Westminster ranked 37th out of 67 communities throughout the province according to BC Hydro. Pitt Meadows had the highest reduction at 5.7 per cent.

The provincial average went from 1.04 per cent in 2010 to 1.8 per cent this year.

Earth Hour is a global initiative put on by the World Wildlife Foundation that began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia but reached more than 1.3 billion people in 128 countries in 2010.

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