Clint Ingham is the winner of the City of Vernon’s Ugly Sweater Energy Conservation Challenge (individual).

Clint Ingham is the winner of the City of Vernon’s Ugly Sweater Energy Conservation Challenge (individual).

Ugly sweaters drive conservation

Vernon asked residents to turn down the heat and put on their coziest (and ugliest) sweaters for a chance to win

The City of Vernon asked residents to turn down the heat and put on their coziest (and ugliest) sweaters for a chance to win a prize in the Ugly Sweater Energy Conservation Challenge.

Participants submitted photos of themselves wearing ugly sweaters to the city’s sustainability website and Facebook page between Nov. 19 and Dec. 1.

Thirty-nine official entries were assessed based on the number of “likes” each photo received, and more than 260 votes were cast to determine the ugliest sweaters in Vernon.

The winners in each category were:

n Individual: Clint Ingham, who won a Smart WeMo Switch and Conserve Power Switch;

n Family: Kim Cooper and family, who received $50 certificate and Conserve Power Switch;

n Group: Downtown Vernon Association, winning $150 certificate to lunch at a local restaurant.

Along with the grand prize winners, names were drawn from the other entries to win energy-saving prizes.

Energy use in buildings is the second largest contributor (32 per cent) to Vernon’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A decrease in energy use benefits the City’s GHG reduction targets, lessens individual energy costs and reduces dependency on fossil fuels.

The energy conservation challenge encouraged families, employees and all members of the community to “turn down the heat, and turn up their sweater” to show what they were doing to reduce energy consumption.

The temperatures were also lowered at city hall, the community services building and the operations yard in Vernon to reduce energy consumption during the contest.

Visit www.vernon.ca/sustainability to see all the contest submissions.