On Saturday night hundreds of people and household’s in Fort St. John went dark for Earth Hour.

With that, the City was able to save about 1.38 per cent, which is a big change from 2010, when the community saw an increase during Earth Hour.   In 2009 the community saw a decrease of 1.5 per cent.

A crowd packed Whole Wheat and Honey Saturday night at an event to celebrate Earth Hour organized by NEAT.  Several other businesses also dimmed their lights on Saturday to show support for the cause.

Overall in the province, B.C. Hydro says they saw an overall decrease of 1.8 per cent saving 117 megawatt hours of electricity, almost twice as much as in 2010.

Pitt Meadows saw the biggest decrease of about 6 per cent. Tumbler Ridge wasn’t far behind with the second highest decrease in the province at 4.95 per cent. Below is a list of communities in Northeastern B.C. and their total savings (Hydro was unable to provide for Dawson Creek).

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia to bring awareness to climate change. In 2008, the event blossomed into a worldwide movement, with more than 35 countries participating.

Community             Savings
Tumbler Ridge        4.95%
Pouce Coupe           3.60%
Fort Nelson             2.40%
Hudson’s Hope       1.95%
Taylor                     1.44%
Fort St. John           1.38%