AS MANY South Africans join millions across the globe on Saturday night in switching off lights in commemoration of Earth Hour‚ Eskom has encouraged local consumers to take action beyond the one hour switch-off and make energy efficiency and environmental conservation part of their daily lifestyles.

People in more than 128 countries will take part in the annual global Earth Hour initiative from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday evening to shine a light on actions to protect the earth against climate change.

"We all know that we need to take immediate action to save our planet but many of us assume that these changes will place an added burden on our pockets and with rising prices on our daily living expenses‚ people don’t feel they can contribute. However‚ this is possible,"said Eskom

"People are encouraged to reduce their energy consumption every day by using electricity efficiently‚ switching off all non-essential lights and appliances‚" the power utility said.

Earth Hour is an annual global event‚ initiated in Sydney‚ Australia in 2007 to encourage people to switch off lights and unused appliances for an hour as a symbolic demonstration of their commitment to action against climate change.

Since its inception‚ Earth Hour has grown to engage more than 7‚000 cities and towns worldwide‚ and the one hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.

TMG Digital