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365 Days of Energy Savings

As the nation-wide competition for $5M draws to a close and we transition into 2017,  let’s take a moment to reflect on 365 days of energy savings, community leadership, and creating a more sustainable and resilient environment!

Our achievements in 2016 include:

  • Provided over 250 free Energy Assessments to homes in Monroe County
  • Distributed 1,500 free LED light bulbs to encourage energy-saving practices and technologies through Project Porchlight. Partnership with Duke Energy helped distribute an additional 33,000 bulbs. The direct impact of the program is an annual savings of up to $230,000.
  • Partnered with 25 companies representing over 7,000 employees and 55,000 residents as part of our Workplace Partner Program
  • Partnered with Harmony high school students to educate 2nd-4th graders about renewable energy through our Solar, Wind & Watts Roadshow. In all, we visited 17 classrooms in 6 schools and 370 students in just 6 weeks
  • Air sealed and insulated 22 low-income homes with an estimated 10-year savings of over $84,000 and a greenhouse gas reduction of over 46,000 lbs/year
  • Hosted or participated in over 200 community events since 2015, including energy fairs, parades, weatherization demonstrations, presentations to the community, and more!
  • Provided free Energy Assessments for 16 Child Care Centers, helping to improve our children’s environment and reduce utility costs for local small businesses

  • Won the MIT Climate CoLab 2016 Buildings competition for RentRocket.org, a prototype website that empowers renters to see and compare utility costs and gain a better understanding of the full costs of renting

The support we received from you was absolutely invaluable. No matter which city wins the competition, our results don’t lie. The work you helped us accomplish and the difference that we made in our community and environment have helped make Monroe County more sustainable.

We will be continuing the Energy Challenge in 2017 and are looking for support to make an even bigger impact! Any donations you provide by January 21, 2017 could be matched 1:1 through a Partners for Places Equity grant. Your support, and this additional funding, will let us continue to grow the great programs we’ve started over the last two years. Contact us at mocoenergychallenge@gmail.com or (812)349-3558 if you are interested in sponsoring or co-sponsoring a specific program.

Thank you so much for your continued support, and we look forward to working with you in 2017!

Solar, Wind & Watts Roadshow Visits Marlin School

20161102_144459-2Thank you Marlin Dragons! We had a great time teaching the 2-4th grade classes about renewable energy resources and energy conservation!20161102_142358-2The  lessons are taught by representatives from the MCEC and Environmental Science students from Harmony School. We are using this unique approach to teaching because we know that youth can be catalysts for change in our community and the world. 20161102_144207-2The program  design incorporates various ages of learners because conducting educational outreach provides older students with leadership experience, as well as can make the lessons more fun for the younger learners.  20161102_143828-2Activities include solar car races, discovering how wind turbines generate electricity,  exploring the watt demand of common appliances and pedaling an energy bike to power various types of light bulbs.

The program launched on October 18th, 2016 and will visit 6 schools, 17 classes and over 370 students in Monroe County by the end of November. Thank you to Harmony Environmental Science students for being  fantastic community leaders and teachers!

Interested in bringing the Roadshow to your classroom?

Our current program is full, but contact Jackie Duemler at MoCoEnergyChallenge@gmail.com to find out about future opportunities.


Project Porchlight Launch 10/1!


MCEC will launch its newest energy initiative, Project Porchlight on October 1st!

FREE LEDS! When, where?

Come out on Saturday, October 1st, from 11-2pm to Rev Ernest D. Butler Park (in the Near West Side neighborhood) and get a free LED, sign up for free home energy assessments, pedal our energy bikes and have fun!

Can’t make the launch?

Don’t worry! We will be hosting a variety of energy fairs and events at local hardware stores and neighborhood parks to distribute the LEDs throughout the month of October. Come visit us at any of the following events:

  • Saturday, October 8, 11-2pm: Bloomington Hardware
  • Saturday, October 15, 10:30-1pm: Black Lumber
  • Sunday, October 16, 10:30-1pm: True Value (Ellettsville)


Duke Energy is also helping with the effort by offering 26,000 Bloomington residents 6 free LEDs! Keep an eye out for the mailer below, if you receive one send it back and Duke will mail you 6 free bulbs, no strings attached!