British Columbians turned off the equivalent of 1.4-million lights during Earth Hour — a 1.04 per cent reduction in the province’s electricity load, which is less than it was in the two previous years.

In 2009, electricity consumption went down by 1.1 per cent, and in 2008 it went down by two per cent, according to B.C. Hydro.

Burns Lake had the highest reduction in consumption in the province this year at seven per cent.

Communities around the world turned off their lights for one hour at 8:30 on Saturday night for the fourth annual Earth Hour, a global movement to raise awareness about climate change.

In Vancouver, the lights went off at the Lions Gate Bridge, Science World, GM Place, City Hall and all Vancouver public libraries.