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Bellingham is a community that is rich in the resources needed to help each and every citizen save energy in their homes, at their places of work, and at school – just about anywhere energy is used. The Bellingham Energy Prize is a group effort to bring these resources together to make it even easier to access expert help and take simple steps to save even more.

Bellingham residents certainly aren’t new to the idea of saving energy. Over the past several years many of us have taken measures to improve our homes, adopted new habits at work and school, and in general, have learned more about the effects of using energy on our environment. Overall, this has resulted in a reduction of energy use, healthier homes and buildings, saving money on our energy bills, and the good feeling of being thoughtful stewards of our planet.

What do we mean, Bellingham Energy Prize? Why are you asking me to save even more?

Turns out we have a pretty big incentive to dig deeper and to save more energy. The city of Bellingham is one of 50 semi-finalists in a competition to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize. Whichever community reduces their energy use most and sets a good example for others to follow will win a jackpot of $5 million. If we win, and we know we can, the winning funds will be used on local projects that will help our community save in bigger ways that benefit all of us.

Not sure there’s any more you can do?

There are so many things you can do from the smallest DIY project to big projects like installing solar panels. This website shares information for you to use in taking your efforts to the next level. We hope you will join us in looking for more ways you can save. We want to add you to the growing number of community members who are doing their part to make Bellingham #1.

Bellingham Energy Prize partners: Bellingham Public Schools, Cascade Natural Gas, City of Bellingham, Community Energy Challenge, Opportunity Council, Puget Sound Energy, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Connections, and Western Washington University.

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