Nova Scotians who participated in this year’s Earth Hour are being congratulated for their efforts to reduce electricity use. According to Nova Scotia Power, Nova Scotians achieved an 18-megawatt reduction in electricity consumption between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., on Saturday, March 26. This is the equivalent of turning off more than 1.4 million, 13-watt compact fluorescent light bulbs. “We’d like to thank Nova Scotians who participated in Earth Hour and made a conscious effort to turn off their lights and power down their electronics,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Energy. “By reducing our electricity consumption we are using less energy, saving money and helping the environment.” Earth Hour is an international campaign, organized by the World Wildlife Fund, which encourages people and organizations to turn off lights and reduce electricity use for one hour to raise awareness about climate change and the need for energy conservation. “It is great to see Nova Scotians reducing their electricity use during Earth Hour,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Environment. “We would encourage all Nova Scotians to reduce their electricity use every day, so we can lower our greenhouse gas emissions and help protect our environment.” For more energy saving tips visit, www.conservens.ca until March 31. Beginning April 1, energy efficiency information can be found on the Efficiency Nova Scotia website, www.efficiencyns.ca .