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Charlottesville Competes in Energy Saving Contest

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The city of Charlottesville is enrolled in a contest to win a big chunk of cash.

The city is taking part in a nationwide energy saving contest and they need the help of the community to win a $5 million Georgetown University energy prize. The competition is called Energize!Charlottesville.

The competition is based on which city can have the lowest energy usage over an 18 month period. Charlottesville is competing with 50 other communities nationwide for this top prize.

The Local Energy Alliance Program has been a strong partner with the city for years.

They want to get their message out there, especially since next month is energy awareness month.

"October offers us a great opportunity to really raise awareness, that we're part of the competition, that we wanna win and to get everybody engaged," said Lesley Fore, the associate director of LEAP.

Throughout October the team will give away weekly prizes. During that month campaign coordinators will also be providing more tips on how to make homes and buildings much more energy efficient. Community members will also be able to read blog posts from expert energy coaches on topics relevant to the contest.

Charlottesville has already made it to the semifinals in the contest.