Earth Day Household Challenge seeks five carbon-busting families

Five valley families are asked to take North Cowichan
Five valley families are asked to take North Cowichan's carbon-busting Household Challenge to reduce energy use for a month.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

Serious about reducing climate change?

Enter North Cowichan's Earth Day Household Challenge April 26 at Charles Hoey Park.

The Challenge is a new program that will see five households vie for the greatest drop in energy consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions.

The carbon-busting contest starts Sept. 21, for a five-week period ending Oct. 26.

The winning household earns a six-month food supply from a local community-supported agriculture program, and more.

"The Household Challenge provides a great opportunity to learn about energy use in your home and find ways to reduce how much you use.

"This can have a significant positive impact on your household budget in a time of rising energy costs," states Mayor Jon Lefebure.

If you would like your home considered for the Challenge, after April 28 you can complete the application form that will be posted on North Cowichan's website.

The application deadline is Sept. 10.

The climate change advisory committee is teaming with the volunteer-based Transition Cowichan, touting a better community.

Transition Cowichan will help households scrub energy consumption and GHG's.

Households will get 

a baseline assessment to establish their energy use, and GHG emissions
; an energy audit to identify how families can boost home energy efficiency; an electricity monitor measuring electricity used by appliances and other electronic stuff.

For more, call municipal planner 
Brigid Reynolds at 250-746-3100.

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