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