MCEC Launches Community Blog in the Herald Times!

The Monroe County Energy Challenge now has a Community Blog post at the Herald Times website! Follow the blog here.

Our first blog post is below:


Monroe County could win $5 million

Monroe County has a shot at winning $5 million.

All we have to do is save more energy than 49 other communities across the country.  That’s a 1-in-50 chance – better than any lottery you’ll ever find.

Here’s how it works:

Georgetown University has put up the $5 million Energy Prize and kicked off the two-year competition in January 2015.  That gives us until the end of 2016 to show what we can do – by saving energy (and money!) in local homes, government facilities, and K-12 schools

How will we know how we’re doing?  That’s the thing – there’s no way to fake it, because the information will come straight from our energy utilities.  Usage from all residential, government, and K-12 meters in Monroe County will be aggregated quarterly and compared to the 49 other communities competing.  The first report will come out in May, and we need help from households all over the county.

Start simple.  In April, change out a few lightbulbs for super-efficient (and mercury-free, and super-cheap at the Duke Energy Savings Store) LED bulbs.  In May, service your AC unit and clean your refrigerator coils.  We’ll share one task each month to help you save energy and money, and to help the community win $5 million.

Follow us here for frequent updates on the Challenge, and find more information on our website (, on Facebook ( or on Twitter (@mocoenergy).   We’re competing for $5 million and CHANGE.

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