Coffs Coast Advocate

Lights out . . . candle power in

BLACKOUTS are not uncommon at this stormy time of year on the Coffs Coast but Saturday night saw people turning their lights off willingly in support of Earth Hour.

In Bellingen, 11 of the town's 12 trading food outlets replaced their electric lighting with candles for the evening.

Licensee of the Federal Hotel, Ben Partridge, said it took about 50 candles to light up the hotel's bar and bistro.

“The candles gave a really lovely mood - much more romantic, “ Mr Partridge said.

“Everyone knew why we were doing it, so there were no complaints . . . in fact we are looking at getting some candelabras and doing it more often.”

CountryEnergy reported a 10 per cent drop in energy consumption across the company's footprint in regional NSW.

Regional general manager, Andrew Latta, said energy consumption actually started to drop from about 8pm.

“This told us people were turning off more than just their lights - they were getting around their homes, switching appliances off at the power point,” Mr Latta said.

It was estimated 3929 cities, towns and municipalities across 88 countries took part in this year's event.

Organisers, the World Wildlife Foundation, said they had achieved their target of one billion people turning off their lights and the collective action would help to send a powerful message to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen later this year that people care about climate change.



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