Morinville At Dusk courtesy MCTV

by Morinville News Staff

FortisAlberta announced its 2016 Earth Hour Challenge results Thursday, and Morinville ranked ninth out of 25 Alberta communities that participated in this year’s event.

Earth Hour took place on Mar. 19, from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. with communities vowing to shut off the lights in an attempt to use less power than the same period the week before.

Morinville used 13,218 kilowatt-hours during the period Mar. 12 and reduced consumption by 1.2 per cent to 13,059 during the challenge.

“Communities came up with their own unique ways to reduce energy consumption during Earth Hour,” said Natasha Russell, Corporate Communications Advisor in a release Thursday. “Residents were encouraged to turn off unnecessary lights and were also encouraged to participate in community events.”

The Village of Glenwood and Village of Hill Spring tied for first place this year. FortisAlberta combined the first and second place prize and divided it in half for the two communities. Each community will receive $6,250 each for a 94 per cent decrease in consumption.

The Village of Alix received a $2,500 grant for an 18.5 per cent decrease in consumption.

FortisAlberta has some energy saving tips at www.fortisalberta.com.

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