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Conservation challenge for Hanlon Creek area

A local conservation group is challenging people to help save water and energy in the Hanlon Creek area for a chance to win prizes.
In Guelph’s first Home Conservation Challenge, Green Impact Guelph is offering residents the chance to win one of 10 donated prizes if they take three simple steps to conserve energy and water, a news release said.
Though the challenge is open to anyone in Guelph, the organization is focusing the initiative on the Hanlon Creek area in order to demonstrate the conservation impact that can be achieved by residents in one neighbourhood, it said.
The challenge runs until March 31, and entries are due by April 2. To enter the prize draw, people are asked to visit www.guelphgig.ca, and register for one or more of the following conservation efforts:
Pledge to conserve – Commit to carrying out at least three conservation actions from the online pledge list over four weeks, and provide a written video testimonial on the experience to receive one ballot.
Book a home visit – Schedule and complete an Efficient Home Visit and Retrofit to receive two ballots.
Encourage a neighbour – Contact someone living in the Hanlon Creek neighbourhood and have them schedule a home visit to receive three ballots once the visit is complete.
The prizes are valued at more than $1,400 total and include an LED Home retrofit, a home insulation upgrade, house cleaning visits, gift baskets and more.
But there is another advantage to taking part in the challenge. Participants in the Efficient Home Visit can save up to $250 on their annual utility bills. The average homeowner is saving $80 per year just by having the 45-minute home visit, the release said.
“Home owners can easily save energy and money by making some simple efficiency upgrades in their homes,” Deborah Lane, residential account manager for Union Gas, said in the release.
“They’ll also help the environment by reducing their household greenhouse gas emissions.”
The challenge is a partnership between the City of Guelph, Union Gas, Guelph Hydro and Guelph Environmental Leadership. The initiative is part of the Green Impact Guelph’s Efficient Home Visit and Retrofit pilot program.
For more information, or to book a home visit, visit www.guelphgig.ca, call 519-763-2652, or email info@guelphgig.ca.

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