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Cazenovia Area Energy Challenge: It's not too late!

The Cazenovia Area Energy Challenge will be hosting a participant orientation workshop at the Cazenovia Public Library from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 22. Already, 21 households have signed up to participate in the challenge, and organizers are looking to reach at least 30. IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP! If you, or someone you know, is interested in participating you may "Join the Challenge" at cazenergychallenge.com. Participation is free and open to the public, compete against your neighbors to become "The Biggest Loser" and win at FREE* ENERGY STAR(tm) appliance (*up to an $1,100 value). Participants need to provide their utility usage for the months of January - June of 2010 and January - June of 2011 to participate.

Households that sign up at the event will receive a FREE Compact Florescent Lightbulb.

Participants at the orientation will hear from Samuel Gordon, Senior Planner and Energy $mart Communities Coordinator with the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board an independent contractor to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Participants will hear about tips for saving energy and money at home and learn about programs from NYSERDA that are available for homeowners to improve the energy performance, health, and safety of their homes as well as other State and Federal programs.

As part of the orientation, participants will be encouraged to take the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR(r) Pledge, which challenges people to take simple steps to save energy at home, at work, and in the community.

"Educating property owners about saving energy not only helps save money and the environment, but it can also be a lot of fun," said Mr. Gordon. "We're excited to broadcast this important message as a service to our community."

In 2009, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 30 million vehicles. Together, we can all make a difference.

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