News

Power drops for Earth Hour

Power use dropped in Tweed during this year's Earth Hour.
Power use dropped in Tweed during this year's Earth Hour.

TWEED Heads has performed much better in Earth Hour this year recording a 3.5% drop in electricity usage compared to last year's rise of 0.1%.

While it appears Tweed residents embraced the international phenomenon more seriously on Saturday, some regional centres weren't as enthusiastic.

Lismore recorded a drop of just 1.2%, up on last year's drop of 5%.

Essential Energy regional general manager for the north coast Brian McLean said any decreases were a fantastic result.

"It shows the commitment of local communities to the environment, while sending a clear message that individual actions can make a difference beyond the hour of the international event," Mr McLean said.

He said it was time for people to apply the energy saving actions of Earth Hour to everyday living.

"This popular global event has shown that switching off appliances such as televisions and computers, along with unnecessary lights, can make a difference to the amount of power being used," Mr McLean said.

"Energy efficiency isn't just about switching off lights and appliances for an hour, it's about ongoing actions that will help to minimise the carbon footprints of everyone and make a change for the better."

Earth Hour is an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund, encouraging 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.

Topics:  earth hour



Bluesfest royalty to drop by

GUITAR LEGEND: Santana at Byron Bay Blues Festival 2013.

Legends to grace Bluesfest' stage in 2017.

On Wright track to crown

TOP LEAD: With four wins on the board, Tyler Wright  will be hard to stop and is a sure bet to claim this year's WSL World Women's title.

HAS Tyler Wright already stitched up this year's world title?

Call for more Tweed special ed places

SUPPORT: Jacob Lorenzo, 18, from Tweed Heads South struggled to find a special education position when he moved up to the Tweed.

More special ed places needed in Tweed.

Local Partners

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

What's on the big screen this week

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

DENZEL Washington returns in a shoot-em-up Western.

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E3 - Which picnic date is better?

The Bachelorette Georgia Love, centre, with her top 11 bachelors.

Lee and Matt get some one-on-one time with Georgia.

Callea channels legend for Glitter

WHAM: Anthony Callea plays the Glitter Festival on October 8 at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

Anthony Callea brings the songs of a star to the glitter strip.

Penthouse in beach paradise

Take in the beach front views from the balcony of 701/ 4-10 Douglas Street, Kirra.

This beachfront penthouse is the perfect place to enjoy the views.

Casuarina sets the benchmark in Tweed market

Our property market is as strong as it's been since the crisis

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction