Cayman: House power effectivity competitors launches at the moment

The Department of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure launches in partnership with the Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. (CUC) a home energy efficiency competition with prizes up to CI $ 35,000.

The Ministry of Trade, Planning and Infrastructure is committed to creating an energy efficient future for the Cayman Islands and showing all members of the community how to reduce their energy, lower the cost of living and lower carbon emissions. The Home Energy Efficiency Competition is designed to help people do just that.

The competition is open to all Grand Cayman homeowners who live in their property. Eight homes will be selected for Home Energy Audits worth up to CI $ 1,900 each. The audits analyze the homes and determine where and how energy is being lost, which systems are inefficient, and recommend improvements that can be made to significantly reduce utility bills.

One of the homes will be selected to receive a full “energy makeover” of the home worth up to $ 20,000. The retrofit will apply to the entire home based on the results of the audit, but may include a solar water heater, smart thermostats, envelope gasket and spray foam roof insulation, energy efficient appliances, LED lights, and more. The redesign should not only reduce electricity bills significantly, but also increase the value of the home while relieving the Cayman electricity grid.

Minister of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, Lord. Joey Hew said, “The Cayman Island government is committed to creating a sustainable future for our community and achieving our national energy policy goals. Part of that is helping our community live in energy efficient homes. Our long-term goal is to introduce green credit through banks to make home energy efficiency retrofits possible for the wider Cayman community. This could benefit homeowners while lowering CO2 levels in the Cayman Islands and supporting a safe, sustainable future. “

Kristen Augustine, National Energy Policy Coordinator, said, “We are proud to launch our home energy efficiency contest on US National Energy Efficiency Day and look forward to making a long-term impact on the lives of a number of grand Cayman residents. The national energy policy aims to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle in Cayman through responsible energy supply and consumption. This competition is one step towards achieving that. “

“The competition is open to all homeowners who meet the criteria listed on our dedicated website www.energy.gov.ky. We sincerely hope that Grand Cayman residents will take this opportunity to influence their monthly bills while helping with the transition to energy efficiency. “

Sacha Tibbetts, CUC’s vice president of customer service and technology, said, “CUC is committed to providing dependable energy for the residents of Grand Cayman. Our goal is to switch from diesel-powered energy generation to renewable energies. We want to achieve a CO2 reduction of 60% by 2030. We are excited to be working with the ministry to start this competition which we hope will really impact the lives of the winners. “

The competition is part of Energy Cayman, the Department of Commerce, Planning, and Infrastructure’s 12 month public awareness campaign to embed energy efficient knowledge and best practices in the Cayman community. This was created to help achieve the goals of the National Energy Policy, which will include 70% of electricity generated from renewable sources by 2037.

The competition starts on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020, with an entry deadline on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020. Participation is via a short form on the energy.gov.ky website. To apply for the Home Energy Efficiency Competition, visit www.energy.gov.ky/competition and fill out the form. The full terms and conditions can be found at www.energy.gov.ky/competition.

The home energy efficiency competition is also supported by many Grand Cayman companies including CEL Cooling, Mitsubishi, Cooling Pros, Foam Pros, Hurleys Media, DART and Saxon.

For more information on national energy policy, please visit www.energy.gov.ky or follow @EnergyCayman on social media.

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