Home energy improvement contest gears up in Cincinnati

| by Teena Hammond
Home energy improvement contest gears up in Cincinnati

In Cincinnati, homeowners can participate in a home energy improvement contest to try to win a free energy assessment.

The Uptown Consortium in Greater Cincinnati and the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance are participating in the Green Your Home contest through June 24 for single-family homeowners residing in the Uptown neighborhoods. The goal is to improve energy efficiency among residents.

During the Green Your Home contest, each registrant connects to an online home energy comparison portal that allows homeowners to assess their current energy use and measure their home's performance. One registrant from each of the five Uptown neighborhoods will win a free energy assessment, which includes a three to five hour visual inspection and a blower door test to measure the extent of air leaks in the home. Diagnostic tests will be performed to ensure that combustion appliances are operating safely. Depending on need, the grand prize winner will receive a free full home energy efficiency improvement that may include insulation, air and duct sealing, and equipment improvements, plus up to a $1,000 in energy efficient windows, totaling up to $7,500 in home energy improvements.

"We want to get our message out through an existing, trusted organization that knows their communities the best," said Andy Holzhauser, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance executive director. "Energy efficiency is accessible. It is something that most anyone can benefit from. It's not just a program for low income folks. It's not just a program for wealthy folks. Some of our analysis tells us that are some of the perceptions that are out there."

Beth Robinson, president and CEO of the Uptown Consortium, said that this is the first year for the competition. "Green takes many forms. One we were concerned about was energy. We invested in major solar project at the Cincinnati Zoo. We have an interest in that area, so we reached out to the Energy Alliance."

Everyone who applies online will receive tips on how to save energy in their homes. People will be chosen at random for the winning energy assessments in the five communities, and for the grand prize improvement project.

"Afterward, we want to highlight the home that wins this contest. Some of the items will be simple, such as weather stripping, etc. We want to look at the difference it's made in their energy bills and energy efficiency," Robinson said.

For more information, see our research centers on Energy Efficient Heating & Cooling (HVAC), Energy Efficient Windows & Doors and Home Energy Audits.

Topics: Energy Audits, Heating & Cooling, Insulation, Windows

Teena Hammond
Teena Hammond has published more than 2,000 articles in People and W magazines, Women's Wear Daily, and in dozens of newspapers and books. She also wrote a home improvement, remodeling and decor column that ran in Gannett newspapers nationwide. She's interested in all things green and would love to hear from you with your story ideas.

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