When you save energy, everybody wins. And now there’s one more reason to do so – Alliant Energy’s Hometown Rewards program.
The City of Fairfield was selected to participate in a two-year partnership with Interstate Power and Light Company, an Alliant Energy company, through its Hometown Rewards grant program.
This program rewards Fairfield for reducing citywide energy usage either by adopting energy-efficient behaviors (turning off lights, unplugging unused electronics, etc.) or investing in energy-efficient upgrades (like compact fluorescent light bulbs, new insulation, etc.). If Fairfield successfully meets its goals, Alliant Energy will give the community a reward.
What kind of reward are we talking about? One picked by the sustainability leaders in Fairfield – new solar panels for a city building.
The purpose of the Hometown Rewards Program in Fairfield is to focus on energy efficiency and conservation goals outlined in the City’s strategic Go Green Plan through grass-roots community efforts. Hometown Rewards goals in Fairfield include:
- Save residents 5,059,288 kWh in electricity and natural gas equivalent (that’s $540,000 in energy costs)
- Offer free educational workshops relevant to all sectors of the City
- Engage at least 50% of Fairfield residents in this program
*You can see all of the program’s goals and strategies here.
The Hometown Rewards Program builds upon the energy initiatives outlined in the Plan by identifying the community’s energy use today, setting goals for improvement, implementing strategies and measuring the results.
The goals were outlined during a 3 month process by the program’s steering committee. Committee members include Mayor Malloy, Kari Bedi, Anna Bruen, Jeff Clawson, Bob Ferguson, Michael Halley, Daryn Hamilton, Joel Hirshberg, Molly Martlin, Fred McElwee, John Revolinski, Lonnie Gamble, Scott Timm, Roger Vorhies, and Alliant Energy representatives Laurie Appleget and Robin Sempf.
An outside consulting firm, Sebesta-Blomberg will measure progress towards the goals and metrics until the end of 2013.