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Neighborhood Energy Challenge

Neighborhood Energy Challenge

The neighborhood Energy Challenge was a year-long competition from March 2015-2016 between all the neighborhoods in Takoma Park. Teams competed to earn the biggest reductions in energy use.

Points were awarded to teams for each Green Home Certification achieved. The three levels, Light, Medium, and Dark Green, corresponded to increased measures taken to save energy.

Light Green – 10 points

Medium Green – 40 points

Dark Green – 100 points

Grand Prize $2,000

Forest Park for Highest:

  • Average Points per Participating Household
  • Average Points per Home in Neighborhood
  • Certification Rate of those Participating

Longbranch Sligo for Highest:

  • Raw Data: Points
  • Raw Data: Certifications
  • Average Certification per Home
  • Percent of Households in Neighborhood Participating

Second Place Prize $1,500

Central Carroll for Second Place In:

  • Percent of Households in Neighborhood Participating
  • Average Points per Participating Household
  • Average Points per Home in Neighborhood

Runners Up $500

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  • 171 Homes earned a Green Home Certification
  • 61 Light Green Certifications
  • 90 Medium Green Certifications
  • 18 Dark Green Certifications
  • 2 Renter Certifications

We are thrilled that residents are making significant improvements to the efficiency of their homes including making lighting retrofits, air sealing, increasing insulation, upgrading appliances and HVAC equipment, modifying behaviors, and installing renewable energy systems.

The energy savings associated with the Neighborhood Energy Challenge were an estimated 477,334 kWh annually; 355 MTCO2 annually; or 739,560 pounds of CO2 annually. This is equivalent to almost 50 homes’ electricity use each year, or the impact of 318 acres of forests in one year.

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Georgetown University Energy Prize

Thank you to everyone who participated

Takoma Park Won Third Place!

We Won 3rd Place!