Make the FortisBC Earth Hour pledge and help the PXA

The Princeton Exhibition Association (PXA) is in the running for the $5000 energy savings upgrade through FortisBC's Earth Hour Challenge. The PXA is home to our Rodeo

The Princeton Exhibition Association (PXA) is in the running for the $5000 energy savings upgrade through FortisBC's Earth Hour Challenge. The PXA is home to our Rodeo

The Princeton Exhibition Association (PXA) is now in the running for the energy savings upgrade in FortisBC’s Earth Hour Challenge.

Celebrate Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2011

FortisBC is encouraging customers and employees to switch off, unplug and join millions of people around the world participating in Earth Hour on Saturday March 26, 2011 at 8:30 p.m.

“Earth Hour is a great opportunity for us all to think about the energy we use and how we use it. Making small lifestyle changes can significantly impact our collective conservation effort,” said Tom Loski, vice president, customer service, FortisBC. “Last year, FortisBC customers from 32 different communities pledged support for Earth Hour and helped saved more than six megawatts (MW) of electricity during Earth Hour – the equivalent of turning off 106,000 lights.”

This year, FortisBC is again sponsoring an Earth Hour Community Challenge to encourage customers to pledge to turn off all non-essential lighting, appliances and electronics. Everyone who makes the pledge will be entered to win a weekend getaway at the Manteo Resort in Kelowna, and their individual pledges will increase their community’s chance to win up a $5,000 energy savings upgrade for a worthy non-profit organization in their community.

Homeowners and businesses are encouraged to visit fortisbc.com/earthhour to take the Earth Hour Pledge and share their plans for celebrating Earth Hour. Pledges can also be made by calling 1-866-436-7847.

The community with the highest per capita participation rate will win the Earth Hour Community Challenge, which was first introduced in 2009 and is sponsored each year by FortisBC. The winning community receives bragging rights and a $5,000 energy savings facility upgrade for a non-profit organization in their community.

Pledges are already coming in, with customer’s plans varying from hosting a fondue dinner party by candlelight to playing a game of flashlight tag in the backyard as a family.

FortisBC will monitor the amount of energy used during Earth Hour and compare the results to an average day for a similar period to calculate the savings.

Take the Earth Hour Pledge—not only will you join people around the world in saving energy, you’ll have a chance to win a weekend getaway and show your support for the PXA.