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Groups participate in WPS energy challenge


RHINELANDER, WI  (WXPR)  -  Nineteen non-profit organizations in the Wisconsin Public Service service area have received $750 grants for showing how they can reduce energy use.

Leah Van Zile from WPS said the clubs had to show energy savings among club members.  "For that energy challenge, the clubs had to complete a few different tasks, which included weatherization of homes, sign ups for e-bill or budget billing, and then tracking the group's energy action, in addition to trying to save energy at their own personal homes or residences."

She says the key component was saving energy. "We had nearly seventeen thousand kilowatt hours saved on electricity.  We had close to 200 homes weatherized with some simple weatherization items that we provided to the clubs."

The 17,000 kilowatt saved equates to annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2.5 passenger vehicles...carbon dioxide emissions from 1331 gallons of gasoline used...and carbon sequestered by 304 tree seedlings grown for 10 years... or avoiding greenhouse gas emissions from recycling 4.5 tons of waste instead of sending it to the landfill.

Among the winners were four groups in Rhinelander....the Personal Essentials Pantry....Northwoods Saves....Rhinelander Partners In Education...and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. The Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County also received a grant.