NSW Government ‘switches’ on to Earth Hour 2013

Environment Minister Robyn Parker is encouraging communities to rally behind Earth Hour 2013 by switching off the lights at 8.30pm today, 23 March, and start thinking about “switching on to renewable energy”.

Turn off your lights for Earth Hour

Ms Parker said all government departments will be encouraged to support Earth Hour by turning off all unessential lighting on the national day and supporting this year’s campaign focus on renewable energies.

“The NSW Government is leading by example by being sustainable and saving both energy and money,” Ms Parker said.

“Energy efficiency projects and programs funded through the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) are helping households, businesses, communities and government agencies to save an estimated 813,000 megawatt hours of electricity and $140 million off power bills every year.

“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in electricity prices over the past five years and if future electricity network costs are to be contained, we all need to become more energy efficient.

“This includes supporting renewable energies and to help meet the national target of 20 per cent renewable energy by 2020 the NSW Government has drafted a Renewable Energy Action Plan.

“We are very fortunate that NSW has an abundance of renewable energy resources such as wind and sunny days which can be harnessed to provide sustainable energy.

“Earth Hour’s ‘Switch to Renewables’ campaign is a wonderful initiative to raise everyone’s awareness of energy supply alternatives and I encourage the community to support making a pledge to switching to renewables.”

On the Earth Hour website individuals and community groups can register their Earth Hour “Lights Out” event and make a pledge to switch to renewables as well as share their stories about using renewable energy.

The website also contains a Leaderboard showing the number of pledges from every local government area across Australia. Earth Hour is offering prizes to communities with the most pledges.

For more information on Earth Hour 2013 visit www.earthhour.org.au