Mar 26, 2017

By Bob Sheppard

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It wasn’t quite as dark as last year as Toronto residents turned the lights off Saturday night to mark Earth Hour.

Toronto’s electricity demand was 77 megawatts lower than a typical Saturday this time of year.  Toronto Hydro says it’s a 2.8 per cent drop, and that’s equivalent to taking 31,000 homes off the power grid,.

The drop in power in 2016 was 89 megawatts, and 103 megawatts in 2015.

But Toronto Hydro spokesperson Tori Glass says that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve become less enthusiastic about the event which was started by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007 in Australia.

Glass says Toronto  residents are using less and less power overall.

The WWF says Earth Hour “is a visual signal that ordinary people the world over want to change climate change.”

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