17 Mar, 2016


City of Adelaide is calling on local businesses and residents to participate in Earth Hour again this year by switching off non-essential lights around the city tomorrow evening between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm.

Council will turn off non-essential lighting in a number of its buildings and icons across the CBD and North Adelaide, including the Town Hall, the River Torrens glass boats, the Rymill Park fountain, and the Colonel Light Centre and Eagle Chambers on Pirie Street.

City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese said he was pleased to take part in Earth Hour, leading by example in switching off non-essential lighting on Saturday evening.

“People sometimes don’t realise that making even the smallest change, for example turning their appliances off at the wall switch can make a significant difference to their energy consumption,” said Martin.

“Earth Hour is really about more than just the one night; it’s about encouraging people and businesses to make small, easily maintained changes for the long term.

“Habits such as switching appliances and lights off when they are not needed, is good practice, and from a strategic stand-point fits very well into the City of Adelaide’s sustainability agenda.

“Through various business and community services offered through the Council we are able to work closely with city businesses and residents to reduce energy consumption and help address climate change, our Sustainable City Incentive Scheme is an excellent example of this.

“Another example is the CitySwitch program which helps office tenants save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while saving money on their energy bills,” he said.

People are advised to use common sense during Earth Hour, for example keep safety and security lighting on, especially in public spaces and be careful when using candles.

Originating in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into the world’s largest community-driven campaign for a sustainable planet, with over 7,000 cities in over 172 nations now taking part.

To find out more visit http://www.adelaidecitycouncil/takeaction

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