Government Backs Earth Hour

Government Backs Earth Hour

Victoria Minister for Environment & Climate Change Ryan Smith

Minister Encourages Victorians To Switch On To Earth Hour

Victor P Taffa

The Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith today encouraged Victorians to participate in Earth Hour this Saturday and make the switch to a more sustainable lifestyle.

“Earth Hour is an opportunity for businesses and householders to consider their energy use in the long term.” Mr. Smith said.

Earth Hour encourages people around the globe to not only switch off their lights between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm on Saturday, but to go beyond the hour and make long-term changes to their energy usage.

Mr. Smith has written to the heads of State Government agencies encouraging them to lead by example and switch off lights where appropriate in city and regional offices on the Saturday night, and to continue to consider ongoing energy reduction measures in the future.

“Earth Hour is an annual reminder to families and businesses that we can do more to reduce our energy consumption, and in turn reduce electricity bills.” Mr. Smith said.

Mr. Smith said there were a number of Government initiatives, including CitySwitch, which helped businesses to save on bills and be more energy efficient.

The CitySwitch Program, which is also part of this year’s Earth Hour, is a partnership between government and the Cities of Melbourne, Yarra and Port Phillip.

Mr. Smith urged Victorians to visit Sustainability Victoria’s website for ideas on how to save energy.

The Top Six Tips to help Save Energy are:

• Install low-energy lighting where possible energy-saving alternatives are also available for energy-hungry halogen downlights;

• Switch off lighting in unoccupied rooms;

• Switch off appliances which are not in use at the wall to save standby power;

• Make sure you have a water efficient (3 Star or better) shower rose installed;

• Keep your showers to 4 minutes or less;

• Only use heating when and where needed close off doors to unoccupied rooms where possible.