KUCHING: Last Saturday’s Earth Hour campaign reduced electricity consumption in Sarawak by two per cent, which is slightly over 10 megawatts.

This was revealed to The Borneo Post by an officer of Syarikat Sesco Berhad yesterday when asked about Earth Hour which encouraged people to switch off their power supply for an hour from 8pm.

However, the power savings of the unused electricity could not be determined as both businesses and residents took part in the campaign, and commercial and domestic power are charged different tariff rates.

According to Sesco’s website, the commercial rate per month is 40 sen for the first 100 units, 34 sen for the next 4,900 units and each additional unit thereafter is charged 30 sen, and minimum monthly charge is RM10.

For domestic consumption per month, the first 100 units is 34 sen, and the next 300 units is 29 sen and each additional unit is charged 33 sen, and minimum monthly charge is RM5. The industrial rate per month is 40 sen for the first 100 units, 30 sen for the next 2,900 units and each additional unit thereafter is 27 sen, and minimum monthly charge is RM10.

The website also has different tariffs for commercial demand rate per unit, commercial peak/off-peak demand rate per unit, industrial demand rate per unit, industrial peak/off-peak demand rate per unit, and public and street lighting rate per unit.

The listed tariffs rates were effective April 1, 2007.

Last Saturday was the first time Malaysia participated in Earth Hour which was started by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in 2007 when the whole of Sydney, Australia turned off the lights for the cause followed by 35 countries the following year, with the participation of 50 million people.

Earth Hour gave out a message that every person, by taking a small action such as turning off a light, can make a huge difference in the fight against climate change.

Among the businesses that observed Earth Hour were hawker stalls at Hui Sing market, Four Points by Sheraton, Cold Storage, Merdeka Palace, Hilton, Damai Puri Resort and Spa, Tun Salahuddin toll, Dormani Hotel, H & L Supermarket and Pizza Junction.

Extracted from Borneo Post Online