Toronto

Earth Hour in Toronto shows 6.8% power drop

Torontonians turned off their lights on Saturday night, joining others around the world to mark Earth Hour.
A crowd is entertained by a fire performer at Yonge and Dundas Square, as many lights go out during Earth Hour on Saturday night. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press)

Torontonians turned off their lights on Saturday night, joining others around the world to mark Earth Hour.

The hour without power aims to raise awareness about conserving energy and fighting climate change.

Toronto saved 200 megawatts of power between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, which is a drop of 6.8 per cent.

That's better than last year's five per cent reduction, but still falls short of the 10 per cent drop in 2010.

In 2009, Toronto reduced power usage by 15 per cent for Earth Hour.

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