|Hamilton Residents in the Dark |
|Submitted: April 02nd, 2012|
Hamilton Residents in the Dark
Horizon Utilities reports more customers powering down during Earth Hour
(HAMILTON, ON) MARCH 31, 2012 – Horizon Utilities reports that electricity demand decreased 22 megawatts or 4.5 per cent in Hamilton Saturday night between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. as Hamiltonians powered down to celebrate Earth Hour. The drop, compared to the same hour from the previous Saturday, is an improvement over last year’s 3.5% reduction.
Many Earth Hour participants enjoyed an electronic-free night. Some families took advantage of the hour to take a walk through their neighbourhood or play board games by candlelight.
“I am happy to see that our customers participated and powered down during Earth Hour. More importantly, let’s utilize the momentum gained by this event to adopt simple everyday energy-saving habits,” says Max Cananzi, President & CEO, Horizon Utilities Corporation. "We're pleased to team up with the City and its residents for Earth Hour and beyond as we help build sustainable communities."
The goal of Earth Hour is to get as many individuals and businesses as possible to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change. One way to slow the current rate of global warming is to get individuals to make small adjustments to the amount of power they consume each and every day. Last night's reductions by Horizon Utilities’ customers are equivalent to heating 970 homes for a 24-hour period.
For more information on Earth Hour and energy saving tips, please, visit: www.horizonutilities.com About Horizon Utilities Corporation Horizon Utilities, named Sustainability Company of the Year by the Canadian Electricity Association, is one of the largest municipally owned electricity distribution companies in Ontario. The company, a Top 10 Employer in Hamilton-Niagara, provides electricity and related utility services to 237,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Hamilton and St. Catharines. Horizon Utilities' employees are committed to delivering a safe and reliable supply of electricity, providing unparalleled customer value, and helping to create a culture of energy conservation in Ontario.