Wednesday, 6 June 2018

It’s not too late to sign up for our Energy Savings Challenge with the very first winner of the competition being announced.

The Energy Saving Challenge encourages people to save energy in their home which equates to savings in the hip pocket.

And simple changes in energy usage at home can help improve our environment.

The Challenge sets monthly energy savings challenges and rewards entrants who accumulate the most points for making their homes more energy efficient.

Curl Curl resident Justin O’Hare was the first Challenge winner in April and took home a vertical planter kit as his reward.

“The energy challenge made me look at every electric device in the house and see how much it costs to run.

“This has encouraged me to be much more selective about how I use devices and I only boil the water I need when making a cuppa,” Justin said.

Entries for the June challenge, Long Nights, Efficient Lights are now open.

The focus of this challenge is on conserving energy by making some simple changes to lighting in your home.

These include switching to energy efficient light bulbs, simply turning off lights and using timers, motion sensors or solar-powered lighting for all garden and security lights.

Applicants are asked to record their activities by keeping receipts, taking photos and notes. Each activity is awarded a specific number of points which go towards the monthly total.

Up for grabs each month are great prizes* such as iTunes and Google Play vouchers, Coles and Woolworths vouchers, sustainable kitchenware as well as a range of gardening and cooking books, gardening kits and tools.

For those who like a good contest, there is also the Power Bill Challenge. This prize rewards those who managed to cut their power bill by the most. Simply register by 30 June and then submit your most recent quarterly power bill by 30 September. Prizes include whale watching and restaurant vouchers.

For more information, go to the Energy Savings Challenge page on the Northern Beaches Council website.

*Only residents of the Northern Beaches local government area are eligible to receive prizes.