Is Earth Hour the Best Way to Reduce Energy Consumption?

Last Saturday, March 27th was Earth Hour. At 8:30 pm countries around the world turned off their lights in celebration of energy conservation.

Started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, Earth Hour is now a global movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries who participate every year to take a stand against climate change. According to the Earth Hour website, Earth Hour is

a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future.

This year’s Earth Hour saw savings across Canada. British Columbians reduced electricity consumption enough to reduce the province’s electrical load by 1.04 per cent. Hamilton, Ontario reduced energy consumption by more than three times what they did last year during Earth Hour – decreasing demand 19.1 megawatts from the previous year,  representing a 3.5 per cent drop in demand.

While Earth Hour does an excellent job of increasing awareness of energy conservation and helps to cut down on energy use for that hour, installing Legend Power’s electronic tap changer, the Harmonizer-AVR, conserves electrical energy throughout the year.

Implemented across North America, the Harmonizer-AVR would save 30 days worth of power. This is equal to 720 Earth Hours per year.

What energy conservation efforts are you involved in?