Columbia Water and Light Releases Earth Hour Impact
COLUMBIA - Columbia Water and Light released an estimate Tuesday of the power residents and businesses saved by participating in Earth Hour on Saturday night.
According to the utility, the dimming of lights from 8:30 to 9:30 on March 31st reduced Columbia's energy consumption by two megawatts. Two megawatts is equal to the amount of power used by almost 80 Columbia homes in an average day.
Staff estimated the decrease, taking into account various factors including temperature when making the calculation.
The two megawatt saving ranks second in terms of power saved since 2008. The previous four years show
- 2011: 2.5 megawatt reduction
- 2010: 1.58 megawatt reduction
- 2009: 1.27 megawatt reduction
- 2008: 1.72 megawatt reduction