This February, Snohomish County Public Utility District will launch a new community-based Stanwood Energy Challenge, in which two teams of eight businesses each will compete to see which can save more energy.
“Our primary goal is to learn how much small businesses can save through employee actions and low-cost equipment changes,” said PUD Utility Analyst Laura McCrae. “The actual benefits may go beyond electricity savings as the businesses look at how they can also lower natural gas use, eliminate water waste, and reduce their use of other resources. We also expect to have some fun during the competition and engage the local community in learning more about how to eliminate energy waste in their homes and businesses.”
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 30 percent of energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. And in the Pacific Northwest, commercial energy use accounts for about a third of the region’s energy load.
“We are very excited to learn what strategies and tactics will motivate business owners and their employees to change their energy use behavior and sustain those changes," said Richard Genécé, vice president of Energy Efficiency for the Bonneville Power Administration. “We salute the businesses of Stanwood that are stepping up to the Energy Challenge.”
The Stanwood Energy Challenge is set to run from February 3 through June 30, 2014. Each business will receive a real-time energy dashboard to track electricity usage, both at their site and at the team level. The participating businesses are:
Dos Reales Taqueria
Northwest Veterinary Clinic
State Farm Insurance
Windermere Real Estate
Ace Hardware of Stanwood
Amigo Family Mexican Restaurant
Coastal Community Bank
John L Scott Real Estate
Pelletier + Schaar
RE/MAX Associate Brokers
Thomas & Associates Insurance
Tony Hewlett Family Dentistry
The Stanwood Energy Challenge, a behavior based energy efficiency pilot program, is funded in part by the Bonneville Power Administration. Snohomish PUD selected PECI (www.peci.org) to provide pilot design and implementation. Lucid (www.luciddesigngroup.com), through its Building Dashboard software platform, will provide businesses detailed insight into their real-time electricity usage and track the teams’ success during the competition. The City of Stanwood, the Stanwood Chamber of Commerce and the Stanwood Area Merchants Association will provide ongoing support to engage local businesses and the greater community.
The PUD encourages the Stanwood community to track the competition by visiting www.StanwoodChallenge.com and offering encouragement to the participating businesses. Updates and business profiles will be shared with the community throughout the Challenge.