RICHARDSON, TEXAS – Finding age-appropriate chores for young children can be difficult, but Wes Holloman of Pearland, Texas, found a chore that was not only manageable for a young child, but also teaches the value of saving money and being energy conscious – which is exactly the type of energy-saving advice Lennox Industries was looking for when it launched its “Energy Saving Superstar” contest.
Holloman shared his family’s “lightning bug” tip as a home energy-saving idea by entering the national contest sponsored by Lennox, a leading manufacturer of residential cooling, heating and indoor air quality products, and it helped him snag the contest’s grade prize.
The contest challenged entrants to submit unique tips for saving energy at home, as well as a photo depicting the tip. As part of his prize package, designed to help the family beat the heat now and in the future, Holloman will receive:
- $10,000 in Lennox cooling, heating and indoor air quality equipment
- A one-year supply of ice cream
- Tickets for him and his family to a water park near their home
For the winning submission, Holloman gave his five-year-old daughter the responsibility of turning off all the lights before leaving the house and the family now refers to her as their “lightning bug.”
“Giving our daughter the responsibility of turning off lights is a perfect chore for her,” said Holloman. “She not only helps us save money with the energy bill each month, but it’s also teaching her at a young age how to be energy conscious.”
With the goal of helping Holloman further lower his utility bills and improve the overall comfort of his home, the $10,000 prize will go toward the purchase of high-efficiency Lennox heating, cooling and indoor air quality products.
“We received hundreds of innovative energy-saving tips as part of the Lennox Energy Savings Superstar Contest, but with his simple yet creative idea, Wes Holloman shows how even small changes can make an impact on the energy efficiency of a home, and we’re excited for him and his family,” said Kyle Golden, energy efficiency expert at Lennox Industries. “Since Lennox is a recognized leader in energy-efficient heating, cooling and indoor air quality equipment, the Holloman family can be confident they’re receiving products that will maximize energy savings while also keeping them cool during the long Texas summers for many years to come.”
The Lennox “Energy Savings Superstar” contest entry period was open from July 1 through Aug. 31, 2015, enabling consumers from around the country to submit their energy-saving idea and a photo depicting their energy-saving tip. Lennox selected four finalists to compete in a head-to-head public vote on the company’s website from Sept. 14-20.
The three additional finalists, Jessica Tucker from High Point, N.C.; Jason McCoy from Pittsville, M.D.; and Christy Leeper from Morrison, Colo.; submitted the following energy-saving ideas:
“We just bought a new house, we are working on getting it automated and better insulated so that we save energy. I haven’t yet informed my partner but I am seriously considering implementing a “hog jar” system. It would be the same premise as a “swear jar,” but instead of paying a dollar every time you are caught swearing, you pay a dollar every time you are caught having left the light on without purpose (which for him is often). We will have a small fortune before you know it.” – Jessica Tucker
“An electric clothes dryer is an energy hog! Why use a heater (the dryer) and waste energy in the summer? Save some kilowatt hours while enjoying the outdoors by using sunshine and a breeze to dry your laundry. Plus your kids will become energy saving superstars who love to help get the job done! And a clothesline isn’t just for summer – it works in the fall and spring as well. The house stays cool, our electric bill is lower and there’s no lint trap to clean. Sunshine and a breeze to dry laundry – now that’s using solar power!” – Jason McCoy
“We use a countdown timer when we take showers to conserve water. It also forces us to hustle in the mornings!” – Christy Leeper
Holloman garnered the most votes on the Lennox website, topping Tucker, McCoy and Leeper to become the official Lennox “Energy Savings Superstar.”