Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ComEd's Energy Challenge debuts in Glen Ellyn

Green Group Brings the Energy Challenge to the Taste

This weekend, the 30th annual Taste of Glen Ellyn will feature a new local organization, GreenGroup, with a booth that will offer something to interest everyone. Get involved with hands-on product demos and a ComEd contest with cash prizes to encourage families to REALLY think green about their homes.

GreenGroup's booth at the Taste of Glen Ellyn will kick-off a new ComEd community program where electric customers can sign up to commit to a percent reduction in their electricity usage versus the same period of the previous summer. Non-ComEd energy supply customers can also participate. The project starts June 1 to cover the peak-season summer months for residential energy consumption. The top 10 households with the greatest reduction (and that meet their reduction targets) win prizes at the program's conclusion in September. Prizes include ten $500 gift cards to local home improvement retailers. Saving energy dollars and becoming more energy efficient has never been more fun!

The booth will also be filled with interesting, educational, green home-improvement products such as a solar-powered electricity generator, a rain barrel, carpet made from pop bottles, a living green roof tile, and landscaping plants that need almost no water. GreenGroup members will be on hand to answer questions. GreenGroup, founded by Glen Ellyn resident Paul Isaac, is a group of local professionals who meet monthly to discuss sustainability issues related to their careers.

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