SA’s Earth Hour savings

2014-03-31 00:00

SOUTH Africans showed their power to save electricity when they switched off their lights for Earth Hour from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Saturday night, saving enough electricity to power a city the size of Polokwane.

As part of its support for the Earth Hour campaign, Eskom measured the reduction in electricity used during the hour against typical consumption for this time on an average Saturday evening and found the country had saved a whopping 575 MW.

In a statement yesterday, Andrew Et­zinger, Eskom’s senior general manager for integrated demand management, said turning off the lights saves hundreds of tons of coal from being burnt to produce electricity, so that less greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, thereby helping to save the planet.

“It is an act of global commitment to protecting planet Earth beyond this symbolic hour. Earth Hour affords all electricity users an opportunity to realise that it is ‘in our power’ to save electricity and switch to more sustainable ways of living and doing business.

“Individual actions have a collective impact; together, as a nation, we can leave a legacy of a healthy South Africa and a healthy planet,” said Etzinger.

Efforts to ascertain how much electricity had been saved by both Msunduzi and eThekwini municipalities were unsuccessful yesterday.

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