A new way to save energy, save money and make a difference in your community
Focus on Energy has a new pilot focused on rural Wisconsin communities. The Save to Give Challenge targets energy-saving behaviors and offers a range of benefits to participating communities:
- Communities share in a fun, community-building, and unifying challenge.
- By saving energy, residents can save money.
- A local, charitable cause receives a financial reward.
Like nearly every aspect of our lives, this rural energy behavioral pilot has been affected by the novel coronavirus. Focus on Energy staff continue to track the latest local health and safety guidelines across the State of Wisconsin as well as the ever-evolving needs of local communities during this difficult time. Much of the planned in-person community engagement will now be held digitally, such as the community stakeholder workshops, and through non-contact activities. Until it is safely recommended to gather in groups, digital or virtual meetings will replace in-person activities.
Here’s how it works
Most Wisconsinites agree that saving energy is a good thing. But it can be tough to know where to start. People either don’t know about easy ways to save energy or have trouble getting motivated to do so.
One thing that does move Wisconsin’s rural communities is a passion for their local organizations – high school sports teams, community organizations, service groups, food pantries, libraries, YMCA's, you name it. Those are what makes each community special.
Save to Give will combine those two desires by providing community members with a way to support hometown organizations financially by saving energy in their own homes. Residents will earn points by changing energy usage within their homes. When enough residents accrue enough points, the community’s favorite organization will earn a donation from Focus on Energy! Find out more about the benefits of participating in Save to Give.
How do we sign up?
Interested communities have until July 8, 2020 to complete this Save to Give application. Talk to your city manager or community leaders and you can pull a team together to apply. Applying communities are encouraged to review this application Save to Give FAQ page before applying. Winning applicant communities will be notified no later than July 20, 2020.
For help with the application or answers to your questions, contact our Save to Give Community Coordinator, Brady Steigauf, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608.284.1756.
Eligible communities meet the following minimal criteria:
- Population size is within 7,000 - 30,000 people
- Majority of ZIP codes included (>50%) are classified as rural
- Definition of community is clear and has an easily understood "hub" (i.e., city, county, school district, etc.)
- Must have an electric or gas utility that participates in Focus on Energy
- Community’s associated electric utility agrees to incorporate the selected digital platform to engage participating customers in behavior change prompts and track progress
Below is a timeline for communities interested in applying for the Save to Give Challenge:
- The application will be released on Wednesday, June 10th
- The application deadline has been extended to July 8th