The CBC reports that Ottawa’s efforts during Earth Hour fell below the average. We managed 4% while the average was 5%.

What surprised me was reading that lighting uses just 14% of the overall electrical consumption for the city. Put it that way and 4% seems like a lot more. The article goes further by saying the amount of electricity saved was 37,114 kilowatt hours, enough to power 1125 homes for an entire day. It’s a drop in the bucket, but certainly enlightening.

Sydney, the city where Earth Hour started last year dropped to 8.4% from last year’s 10.2%. Still, they’ve got it made. If they beat last year’s savings, they can call it a victory. If they didn’t, they can still call it a victory because it raised awareness. Sweet deal.