ALBANY - The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is in search of shining examples when it comes to saving energy and protecting the environment.
By entering the NYSERDA-sponsored Shining Example online video and essay contest, New Yorkers could win a free Energy Star(r)-qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) home makeover, a free Home Performance assessment, a chance to be featured in NYSERDA's next television commercial and other prizes.
From Jan. 11 to May 1, New York residents of all ages can enter the contest at ShiningExampleNY.com by submitting a 90-second video or 250-word essay demonstrating why they've switched to Energy Star-qualified CFLs and what the switch means to them.
Legal New York state residents are eligible to participate in the contest, provided that they pay into the System Benefits Charge (SBC) and are customers of utilities in SBC territory, which includes the service territories of New York Electric & Gas Corporation and National Grid. Customers of the New York Power Authority, Long Island Power Authority, rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities are not eligible.
The Shining Example online contest is just one way NYSERDA is rallying New Yorkers to participate in an ambitious program to save more than one million megawatt hours of electricity by installing 16.9 million CFLs statewide-enough electricity to power more than 165,000 homes for a year.
"New York has been a national leader in the efforts to reduce energy consumption, and we want to shine the light on individual New Yorkers who are helping us in our efforts to build a brighter future," said NYSERDA President and CEO Francis J. Murray, Jr. "The simple act of switching incandescent bulbs to Energy Star-qualified CFLs could save New Yorkers millions of dollars in energy costs, while improving our environment. This contest seeks to recognize New Yorkers who are already taking action and can inspire others to follow their lead."
A panel of judges will select the top 20 entries, including one video winner and one essay winner, from each of 10 regions across the state. The North Country region includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington Counties.
The 10 video winners will be eligible to have portions of their video appear in the Shining Example television ad set to debut in fall 2010, receive a free Comprehensive Home Assessment through Home Performance with Energy Star and receive a free CFL bulb makeover for themselves and 10 neighbors. The 10 essay winners will be eligible to receive a free Comprehensive Home Assessment and free CFL bulb makeover for themselves.
Home Performance with Energy Star is a comprehensive program that follows a whole-house approach to identify where and how a home is losing energy. A participating Building Performance Institute (BPI) Accredited Contractor will present recommendations for energy improvements, provide a cost estimate to do the improvements, and can even do the work to make a home up to 40 percent more energy efficient and create a healthier, more comfortable living environment.
To review rules and enter the contest, visit ShiningExampleNY.com.