Saturday, February 9, 2013

Spread the Word about Energy Effeciency and get rewarded

One of the ways to encourage participation from the people towards Energy Efficiency at home is through contest/competition.

I know we have had this SAVE Program whereby the government gives out RM200 rebate for purchase of efficient refrigerators and RM100 for energy-efficient air-conditioners quite recently. It was a decent effort but for some unknown reason it was not that popular.

Yarmouth town won $8,000

There is this competition to promote energy efficiency at home in the State of Massachusetts, USA, that caught my attention and the very similar concept can be adopted by our Local Councils here in Malaysia.

In that competition, CLC, an intergovernmental organisation in Cape Cod & Martha's Vineyard region invited individuals and organisations to recruit and invite households to sign up for free energy assessment through  “Home Energy Assessment Recruitment Competition”.

Each household that went through with an energy assessment was allowed to vote once for the town or organization that recruited them. Town or organization who recruits the most energy assessments will win our top prize of $8000 (approx RM24,000).

After a period of 6 months, votes was counted and Yarmouth town won it with 77 votes beating 16 other towns and organisations.

List of prizes (winners list can be viewed at the link below):

1st Place             - $8,000 (town of Yarmouth)
2nd Place           - $5,000
3rd Place            - $2,000
4th Place            - $1,000
5th Place             - $1,000
6th – 8th Place    - $750 each
9th – 16th Place  - $500 each

All participating towns and organisations receive money as long as minimum requirements are met.

Pic: Reps from the winning town. CLC (Cape Light Compact) photo.

Find out more about the fun and fulfilling competition here.

TheGreenMechanics' two cents:

This competition is interestingly engaging and can be adapted to our Energy Efficiency campaign in Malaysia. For a start, Energy Commission may want to collaborate with the Ministry of Local Government and Housing (under Datuk Hajiji Hj. Noor) to carry out competition at municipal level.

Why not!


rainfield61 said...

A green Chinese New Year.

de engineur said...

Rainfield - have a great celebration, you and your family! Keep the pix coming.