On Saturday evening March 29th 2014 from 20:30 to 21:30 South Africans heeded the Earth Hour call and switched off enough electricity to save 575 MW. This is equivalent of the electricity required to power a city the size of Polokwane in the Limpopo Province.
As part of its support for the Earth Hour campaign, Eskom measured the reduction in electricity used during the hour against typical consumption for this time on an average Saturday evening. Eskom had also switched off non-essential lighting at all its offices around the country, except at strategic facilities for security reasons.
“Earth Hour affords all electricity users an opportunity to realise that it is in our power to save electricity and switch to more sustainable ways of living and doing business. Individual actions have a collective impact; together, as a nation, we can leave a legacy of a healthy South Africa and a healthy planet,” Andrew Etzinger, Eskom’s senior general manager for integrated demand management, says.