Electricity usage drops during Earth Hour

Customers of both Keys Energy Services and Florida Keys Electric Cooperative reduced energy consumption during Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 28, the utilities reported.

Keys Energy reported a dip of 3.56 percent, or 3.50 megawatts, and FKEC saw a similar dip in consumption of 3.74 percent, or 3.77 megawatts.

Earth Hour was a World Wildlife Federation campaign that called on people worldwide to turn off their lights for one hour to show how individual action on a mass scale could help change the planet. It was a symbolic and pragmatic gesture intended to raise awareness about climate change and to encourage energy conservation practices all year long.