Monday, March 30, 2009

SA saves 400 megawatts during Earth Hour

By Mikhaila Crowie
30 March 2009

Eskom says South Africa saved about 400 megawatts during Earth Hour on Saturday night.

This mean South Africans switched off a total of 4.7 million 60 watt light bulbs between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm as part of a global initiative for action against climate change.

Eskom said one unit of power was saved at each of the country’s small power stations.

Cape Town turned off the lights on their world-famous landmark, Table Mountain to support Earth Hour while Johannesburg restaurants opted for candle light.

Earth Hour was started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 by the World Wide Fund for Nature.

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