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Green Homeowners Could Score a Green Car

August 06, 2011

What are you doing to improve the air quality in your metro Chicago real estate? Your efforts could win you an environmentally friendly vehicle.

Partners for Clean Air, a coalition that has been dedicated to bringing cleaner air to the Chicago metropolitan area since 1995, is currently running its 10th annual “Green Pays on Green Days” campaign.

The goal of this year’s program is to find out what Chicago-area residents are doing to reduce air pollution and motivate them to do more.

The campaign focuses on eight Illinois counties: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will. As part of the effort, local residents are asked to complete a brief survey explaining the actions they are taking at home to improve air quality.

Some of those efforts could include:

*Replacing old bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs.

*Installing a programmable thermostat to save energy and reduce cooling costs.

*Unplugging appliances and chargers when not in use.

Eligible residents who take the survey will be entered into a drawing to win a 2012 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle, which will be donated by Your Chicagoland Toyota Dealers.

Finalists for the Prius will be chosen on days when the local air quality forecast is good or “green” on the Air Quality Index.

“This is a special year for us, as we celebrate the 10th year of our award-winning Green Pays on Green Days community education program,” said Kim Biggs, chairperson for Partners for Clean Air.

“Through our ongoing outreach, surveys and events, we have tracked incredible progress among Chicago-area residents when it comes to air quality education and individual action. We look forward to leading the charge for clean air for many years to come.”

The contest ends August 31. For more information and to enter, visit cleantheair.org.

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