As part of its support for the Earth Hour campaign, the country’s electricity utility Eskom measured the reduction in electricity used during the hour.
“We would like to encourage people to take action beyond this one hour, and to make energy efficiency and environmental conservation part of their daily lifestyles,” Eskom said.
People are encouraged to reduce their energy consumption every day by using electricity efficiently, and switching off all non-essential lights and household appliances, said the utility.
Commercial customers, particularly shopping centers and office blocks, can also make a big difference by switching off non-essential lights and not leaving office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours, it added.
Earth Hour is an annual global event, initiated in Sydney, Australia in 2007 to encourage people to switch off lights and unused appliances for an hour as a symbolic demonstration of their commitment to action against climate change. Enditem