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28 March 2015: Kingfisher Switches Off For Earth Hour

One full hour without power... across the globe! One full hour without power... across the globe! ©

MARCH 28: It won’t quite be a case of lights out, but power usage will be dimmed and trimmed at Kingfisher Bay Resort, from 8.30pm on Saturday, March 28, in support of the global Earth Hour phenomenon.

Kingfisher Bay Resort's vision since opening has been to educate staff, guests and regional district – from schools through to townsfolk – about the environment and our impact upon it... so we're joining the global community to show what one simple idea can achieve and one person's actions can inspire.

In the lead up to Earth Hour, the resort will be inviting staff and guests to participate by switching off unnecessary lights and air-conditioning in their rooms...

Event: Earth Hour
Date: Saturday, March 28
Where: Resort-wide
Who: All of our guests and staff are welcome to join us

... and we will follow their lead by shutting down non-essential lighting in our Centre Complex and resort grounds for the hour.

Group General Manager, David Hay, said there were definite synergies between the resort's Eco Philosophy and the Earth Hour initiative.

The resort already has strategies in place to manage and reduce energy consumption. The architectural design of the buildings allow for minimal power usage for heating and cooling. In particular, the use of natural convection currents to warm and cool the main resort complex area minimises the need for air conditioning.

In summer, windows and vents are kept open to generate the induction of cool air from the lower level of the main building and expel warmer air through loft vents. In winter, windows and vents are closed and create a glasshouse effect trapping warm air inside the building. The design saves 480,000 kW hours of electricity per year.

An active energy efficiency program has also been incorporated in the design of the resort including an automatic power shut-off system when the key is removed from the slot in hotel rooms. We also use of low energy fluorescent bulbs in rooms, landscape and street lighting.

“It's the simple things – like switching off the lights and air-conditioning during Earth Hour – that reduce energy and make a difference – and we encourage, applaud and support that,” Mr Hay said.

Importantly for all Aussies, this year WWF’s Earth Hour campaign is working with farmers across Australia, sharing their message that for those who live and work on the land, global warming isn’t something that simply poses a future threat. Rising temperatures and more extreme weather are already affecting farmers - and by extension, all of us, in profound ways.