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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 (www.mocoenergychallenge.org), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mocoenergychallenge) or on Twitter (@mocoenergy).   We’re competing for $5 million and CHANGE.

Work with the Energy Challenge! Apply for our internship by 3/31

The Energy Challenge is hiring!  Help support this huge community effort and get paid too.  Have questions?  Email us at the address below.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

CITY OF BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA

Position: Monroe County Energy Challenge Intern – starting April/May 2015

Department: City of Bloomington Department of Economic & Sustainable Development

Duration: Approximately 2 years (may be split into shorter periods depending on availability)

Compensation: $12/hr; average 10 hours/week (hours can be higher in summer)

Deadline to apply: March 31, 2015

Send resume and cover letter to: mocoenergychallenge@gmail.com

This position will provide critical support to the Monroe County Energy Challenge, a community collaboration aimed at winning the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. This Energy Prize competition brings together 50 communities across the country to reduce residential, municipal, and K-12 energy usage over a two-year period.

Duties

  • Spearhead programming, staffing and other logistics for the EnergyMobile, an energy-efficient vehicle that will travel to neighborhoods throughout the county to share energy efficiency materials and information and provide technical assistance to local residents.
  • Enhance and implement the existing outreach plan with the goal of engaging as many people as possible in the Challenge effort to achieve measurable reductions in energy use.
  • Create outreach and educational materials to support the Challenge
  • Create and track measures of participation and success.       Evaluate results and rework programs as needed.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Sustainability Coordinator and community task force.
  • Attend meetings, functions and events with and as directed by the Sustainability Coordinator.
  • Take all reasonable steps to maintain a safe work environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Skills desired

  • Ability to process complex information in order to identify and prioritize strategies
  • Well organized with strong attention to detail. Ability to maintain accurate records and files.
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision, under pressure and with deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in diverse contexts.
  • Moderate to strong comprehension of spreadsheet functions, Word documents, and ability to learn software as required
  • Volunteer management experience
  • Knowledge of basic data analysis
  • Strong problem-solving capabilities
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment including computer terminal and related software, fax machine, copier and telephone
  • A clean driving record and current car insurance

Level of Supervision and Responsibility

Duties are performed according to standard departmental procedures and operations. The position is supervised by the Sustainability Coordinator. Level of supervision varies with scope and nature of the assignment. Many tasks are executed with minimal direct supervision.

Difficulty of Work

The position performs duties in a modern office environment with no unusual physical demands. Work follows a schedule determined according to availability by incumbent and supervisor. Work is performed in a highly visible environment and requires occasional evening and weekend work.

Personal Work Relationships

The position will maintain frequent contact with Department personnel, City employees, local organizations, media and members of the general public for the purpose of giving and receiving assignments and information. Contact occurs during varied situations and circumstances, requiring tact and professionalism.

March Task of the Month

Each month, the Monroe County Energy Challenge will present a Task of the Month for people who are helping us save energy and work toward winning the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize.

The March  March Task of the Month Poster

Properly sealing your home is one of the easiest ways you can save energy and money.  The cost of sealing your home is $15-$300, with many low-cost options – like caulking and canned spray foam –  to get you started.

For more information, see our  March Task of the Month Poster.

As you take this or other actions to reduce your energy use, we invite you to take our pledge.

February Task of the Month

Each month, the Monroe County Energy Challenge will present a Task of the Month for people who are helping us save energy and work toward winning the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize.

The February Task of the Month is to install and use a programmable thermostat.

Properly using a programmable thermostat in your home is one of the easiest ways you can save energy and money.

Did you know that Vectren offers $20 rebates on programmable thermostats for customers who heat with natural gas, or $100 off wifi-controlled models.

The cost of a programmable thermostat is $40-80. Estimated savings from using one is $60 per year.

For more information, see our February Task of the Month flyer.

As you take this or other actions to reduce your energy use, we invite you to take our pledge.

January Task of the Month

Each month, the Monroe County Energy Challenge will present a Task of the Month for people who are helping us save energy and work toward winning the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize.

The January Task of the Month is to lower your thermostat two degrees during the day and four degrees overnight. 

You can save two percent on your heating bills for each two degrees you turn down your thermostat for eight hours a day. For instance if your heating bill is $400 and you turn down thermostat just two degrees during the day and four degrees overnight, you could save eight percent, or $32.

For more info, check out our January Task of the Month flyer.

As you take this or other actions to reduce your energy use, we invite you to take our pledge.