Residents Raised Money by Saving Energy
Lodi, Wisconsin. March 26, 2021 — As winter draws to a close, so too does Lodi’s first eight-week donation period for the Save to Give Challenge. In total 116 households participated in the challenge and recorded energy-saving actions in their homes. As a reward, FOCUS ON ENERGY® made contributions on their behalf to the nonprofits of their choice: Reach Out Lodi, Prairie Valley Resale Store, or the Lodi Parent Teacher Organization.
“This has been a win-win for the City of Lodi,” said Mayor Ann Groves-Lloyd. “Our residents have learned about energy savings in their own homes and, by changing their behaviors, have generated donations to three important Lodi nonprofits. We’re excited about the opportunities available to raise even more donations in the next eight-week campaign this summer.”
By recording their energy-saving actions each week, Lodi residents raised $5,323 this winter. As a bonus for reaching 100 sign-ups, Lodi Utilities, in partnership with WPPI Energy, graciously donated an additional $900 for the Challenge — $300 to each nonprofit. Because of their support in spreading awareness and recruiting community members to participate, Focus on Energy will reward each of the nonprofits by delivering checks this spring.
Lodi Middle School science teacher Michelle Howe said she enjoyed participating in the Save to Give Challenge and what it’s brought to the community of Lodi. “Focus on Energy’s Save to Give Challenge and its programming not only provided a financial incentive to our community but also an educational opportunity for our School District of Lodi students and families. Students and families in grades K - 8th received materials and instruction on how to save energy and electricity in their homes.”
Beginning June 14, Lodi residents can once again support local nonprofits by saving energy. Lodi’s summer campaign will have an even larger donation goal of $19,000 for a total of $25,000 across the winter and summer donation campaigns. Residents who participated in the first campaign will be automatically enrolled in the second, but overall participation will need to more than double to reach the full $25,000 for Lodi nonprofits. It will take 350 households — or 25% of all eligible households — saving energy to reach the community’s $25,000 goal.
“This program brought families, the schools, and the community together to benefit all of us both financially and educationally,” said Michelle Howe. “I am so excited to continue to work with the Focus on Energy Save to Give program as we continue this into the summer!”
Residents are encouraged to sign up for the Challenge as soon as possible (using information from their utility bill). By signing up today, you’ll be ready to save and give when the Summer Campaign kicks off. Through Lodi Utilities' online portal, MyAccount, saving energy and earning donations for local non-profits is fun and easy. Enrollment is open now through the end of the challenge.
About Focus on Energy
Focus on Energy empowers the people and businesses of Wisconsin to make smart energy decisions with enduring economic benefits. Since 2001, Wisconsin’s energy efficiency and renewable resource program has stayed true to that mission statement. On behalf of 107 Wisconsin electric and natural gas utilities, Focus on Energy’s information, resources, and financial incentives benefit all Wisconsinites by implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that otherwise wouldn’t happen, or in some cases years sooner than scheduled.