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Challenge cuts energy use by a fifth

Staff Reports

The Sustainable Living & Renewable Energy Roundup, a local educational nonprofit, is kicking off a free program for homeowners and renters called the “20% Energy Challenge.” The goal of the program is to help people reduce their home energy consumption by 20 percent over the year and make their homes more comfortable in the process.

The organizing meeting and signups for the challenge will be held 12:30-1:15 p.m. Sept. 21 during the Green Living Festival at the Nature Conservancy’s River Fork Ranch on Genoa Lane. NV Energy will also be on hand to demonstrate how to use the tools available on their website.

Each month a free workshop will focus on one of the ways we lose energy in our homes and present a variety of methods that range from free to expensive for improving energy efficiency in that area. Because everyone’s home is different, members will choose the methods that best suit their situation and track their energy use for the year. October’s workshop will focus on identifying and reducing air leaks and heat loss with a home energy audit demonstration and ideas for creating a tighter envelope for our homes.

The challenge is not intended as a competition between members, but a fun and supportive way to help everyone achieve their own goals. For more information visit or contact Vicki Bates at or 790-0721.