West Shore communities led the way in powering down for Earth Hour on Saturday.
Colwood and Langford registered electricity consumption reductions of 2.7 per cent each, the top savings in the Capital Region. Metchosin and View Royal came in close runners-up at 2.55 per cent each. Highlands usage dropped 2.4 per cent.
Saanich had a reduction of 1.65 per cent and Victoria 0.93 per cent. Pitt Meadows is the top in the province after recording a 5.7 per cent drop in power usage.
Overall, the load on the provincial grid dropped 1.8 per cent or 117 megawatt hours of electricity between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on March 26, said BC Hydro. In 2010, the drop was 64 million MWh.
For more on Earth Hour, see www.earthhour.org.