How Much Energy Did Brampton Conserve For Earth Hour?

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Every year, people challenge themselves to turn the lights off on Earth Hour and use significantly less energy in a bid to combat—however briefly and symbolically—climate change.

This past Earth Day, Brampton residents did their part to conserve energy by cutting their energy consumption by five per cent—a fairly high amount compared to other comparable cities.

Alectra Utilities, the utility corporation that serves 15 Ontario communities, recently announced that Earth Hour 2017 saw "tens of thousands of customers indicate their willingness to help fight climate change by turning off their lights for 60 minutes to reduce energy consumption.:

The reported a service territory-wide four per cent electricity consumption reduction between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Brampton reduced its consumption by five per cent, beating out a number of cities. In fact, Brampton edged out Aurora, Barrie, Hamilton, Mississauga, Markham and Vaughan. It did not, however, reduce energy as much as New Tecumseth, Richmond Hill or St. Catharines.

"The 2017 results represented a total savings of 112 megawatts (MW) in peak demand," Alectra wrote in a statement. "Or enough electricity to power 3,404 average-size homes over a 24-hour period."

Here's a look at the reductions (courtesy of Alectra):

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