N. Cowichan launches household challenge

North Cowichan is issuing a challenge.

Can you beat out four other households to reduce your energy consumption and become the champ? If you think the answer is yes, get ready to enter the Municipality of North Cowichan’s Climate Change Advisory Committee’s first community for climate Household Challenge, which will be launched by Mayor Jon Lefebure this Saturday, April. 26 at Earth Day celebrations in Charles Hoey Park in Duncan.

"The community for climate 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," said Lefebure.

The challenge will begin Sept. 21 and run for five weeks, finishing up on Oct. 26.

If you would like to be considered to become one of the five households in the challenge complete the application form at www.northcowichan.ca/communityforclimate-household-challenge after April 28 and before Sept. 10.

Partnering in the challenge is Transition Cowichan, which will provide support for the chosen households. The households will receive:

a baseline assessment to establish their energy consumption and GHG emissions an energy audit of their home which will help to identify ways in which they can improve the energy efficiency of their home

an electricity monitor that will measure how much electricity is used by appliances and other electronic devices

mentoring and support from Transition Cowichan members

reduced energy costs

community notoriety Top prize for the winning household will include a six-month food supply from a local community supported agriculture program.