Effort aims to cut down on C-U energy use

Effort aims to cut down on C-U energy use

Champaign-Urbana property owners have a chance to compete in an energy saving contest.

The Urbana-Champaign Energy Star Challenge kicked off Monday as a way for buildings to track and improve energy performance through the end of next year.

Urbana's Environmental Sustainability Manager Scott Tess said buildings will use this year as a benchmark for their energy performance.  He added that one of the biggest benefits of the competition is to save money on energy as a business expense by paying closer attention to wasted resources.

Tess also said there won't be a major award for groups that improve their energy performance, but he did say there are bragging rights to be had.

Tess added that he hopes to come up with a challenge between the University of Illinois and Parkland, as well as one between the cities of Champaign and Urbana

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