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Fourteen blocks in the City of Charleston competed to save the most energy compared to the previous year’s usage.

The partner organizations behind E4: Energy Efficiency in the East End announced the 1400 block of Lee and 1500-1533 of Quarrier won the competition.

“This has been a friendly competition to help facilitate people saving money by reducing energy waste,” said Emmett Pepper of Energy Efficient WV. “Participating families who made their homes more energy efficient have seen real and lasting monetary benefits.”

Read more about Energy Efficient West Virginia's competition HERE.

Energy Efficient West Virginia is a group of concerned West Virginia residents, businesses and organizations who have come together to promote energy efficiency among residential, commercial, and industrial customers in our state.

E4 is a project of the Charleston Area Alliance and is part of its 20 year Economic Development Plan, “Vision 2030.”

The project began in early 2013, as a way to encourage people in the East End neighborhood to save energy. The competition is a partnership with Appalachian Power Company (APCo), Energy Efficient West Virginia, East End Main Street, East End Community Association, WV Division of Energy and many East End residents. APCo collected quarterly data for each participating block and released the results quarterly.

The first phase of the competition was to see which block could get the most free energy assessments from APCo. The winning “block,” 1500-1533 Quarrier St., was awarded with a baseball game party at Power Park.

Due to an unusually harsh winter this year, many of the blocks found reducing their energy use from the previous year to be difficult, but there were several blocks that stood out and made significant reductions despite having unfavorable weather conditions.

“The winter proved challenging for residents to reduce their energy consumption, but it’s no accident that the block that got the most energy assessments, saw the biggest results, in spite of the tough winter. We are excited about taking what we learned from challenges during the first round into the next round of competition,” said Cullen Naumoff, Vision 2030 Project Manager at the Alliance.

The 1500-1533 block of Quarrier Street returned to the winning circle for reducing the most kilowatt-hours (kWh) from one year to the next. The residents saved over 8,000 kWh from 2012 to 2013, equating to hundreds of dollars.

In the category of highest percentage of energy savings and the reduction of the most kWh per household, the 1400 block of Lee saved the most by reducing electricity use by 12% equating to 1629 in kWh saved from 2012 to 2013.

Winners will receive an “Appreciation Day” at the East End Bazaar, a market local to the East End neighborhood. Participating residents on winning blocks will be eligible for discounted rates and other deals at each of the East End Bazaar vendors.