Green Bay, WI - Wisconsin Public Service announced the winners of this year’s Energy Challenge. Fifteen non-profit organizations were challenged with four tasks related to energy efficiency and weatherization during the two months of October and November.
Organizations were awarded up to $1000 for completing the challenge and the top three organizations that completed all challenge tasks while saving the most electricity were awarded an additional $500 grant.
The WPS Energy Challenge winners are (top 3 listed first):
Crivitz Fire Department
Luxemburg-Casco High School Leo's Club
ArtStart Inc, Rhinelander
Green Bay United Hockey
N.E.W. Zero Waste Coalition, Brown County
Rhinelander Area Food Pantry
Rhinelander Soccer Club
Northwoods Community Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee
Rhinelander Basketball Association
Emergency Rescue Squad Inc, Marinette
Marinette-Oconto Rugby Club
Peshtigo Women's Club
Town of Peshtigo Fire Department
Peshtigo Chamber of Commerce
Twin Bridge Waterski Team- Crivitz
The two month results showed a cumulative electric savings of 56,460 kilowatt hours. Overall that's a 23% savings across all organizations. These numbers equate to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 8 passenger vehicles or 14.9 tons of waste sent to the landfill instead of recycled. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed an online greenhouse gas equivalency calculator to help translate abstract numbers into easy to understand terms.
As part of the challenge, 150 weatherization kits were installed at WPS residential customer homes and over 150 customers took part in a WPS or Focus on Energy residential energy conservation program.
The organizations realized that along with the decrease in energy use, a substantial increase in energy awareness was realized as minor lifestyle changes by each individual resulted in cumulative energy saving totals.