Osram Sylvania has come out with a contest called the 40 for the Future Earth Day Challenge with the hope of saving a collective 40 million kWh of energy in the 40 days leading up to Earth Day on April 22, 2010. Participants go to a special Web site Osram has set up where they can check the progress of the challenge and how many kilowatt hours of energy have been saved thanks to a real-time online meter. The site is pre-populated with several energy-efficiency actions for the home and the office. Participants need only select the actions they choose to take for 40 days, and their energy savings will automatically be tallied.
Anybody taking the challenge gets a coupon for $1 off a halogen or a CFL bulb. One entry each day, for 40 days, will be selected in a random drawing to receive a new 40-W replacement LED Ultra light bulb and weekly winners will be selected in a random drawing to receive annual passes to The National Parks system.
Finally, one lucky participant will get a carbon-neutral, three-night Disneyland vacation for four. To offset the carbon emissions from the trip, Sylvania is offering the chance for one lucky classroom to receive a lighting upgrade. This drawing is offered to K-12 educators in a public or private school in the U.S. Sylvania has provided links to tools for educators to help teach students about the importance and environmental benefits of energy-efficient practices.
The contest Web site is here:http://earthday.sylvania.com/