TWEED Heads’ managed to defy regional trends when its energy consumption rose during Earth Hour on Saturday.
Although only a marginal increase of 0.1% was recorded compared to megawatt hours consumed during the same time the previous week, it was an increase when usage was expected to drop.
Earth Hour, an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund, encourages residents and businesses to turn off their lights and energy-consuming devices for one hour once a year.
It began in Sydney in 2007 and is now recognised as the largest community environmental awareness campaign in the world, engaging more than one billion people last year.
But obviously too few on the Tweed this year.
The operator of Australia’s largest electricity network, Essential Energy, monitored energy usage across the Far North Coast region and recorded an average saving of about 5 % across the territory, a drop from 7.2% last year.
Grafton recorded a drop of 2.6%, Lismore 5%, Bal- lina 6.6% and Byron Bay a top of 7.6%.
Essential Energy regional general manager Far North Coast Richard Wake said despite a drop on last year’s figures the savings showed a commitment to help the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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