“The Act wattsmart Video Contest showcases and inspires Utahns to make wattsmart changes at home to save energy, money and help protect the environment,” said William Comeau, Rocky Mountain Power customer solutions director. “The money and natural resources saved on energy costs can help our customers and Utah thrive. Being energy-efficient is an investment in our families, our communities and our future.”
Rocky Mountain Power officially launched the contest with the Utah Film Center (UFC) at its showing of “Thelma & Louise” on July 18 at the Salt Lake City Library.
“We [were] excited to work with the Utah Film Center to launch the video contest and encourage people to creatively share their home movie on the importance of being wattsmart,” Comeau said. “Just as ‘Thelma & Louise’ boldly changed Hollywood, local Act wattsmart Video Contest stars can help us all change our energy habits and make Utah even better.”
Now in its fourth act, the video contest also was held in 2011, 2013 and 2015. New to the 2017 contest is the requirement that contest entries not only share how to save energy but also why the customers believe this is good for Utah, from saving money to conserving natural resources.
Past winners include Bill and Emily Grant, whose soap opera spoof “As the Meter Turns” won the grand prize in 2015. Since winning, the Grant’s have added insulation to their home, upgraded to energy efficient kitchen appliances, installed an insulated garage door and a smart thermostat, as well as replaced all their lighting with LED bulbs.
“We encourage people to enter the Act wattsmart Video Contest,” said Bill Grant. “While we’ve been able to add great energy-saving home improvements, it just pays to be energy-efficient. It makes sense; helps on the wallet and good to know you’re helping the environment.”
All prizes in the contest are energy-efficient home upgrades or merchandise, Rocky Mountain Power officials said. One Grand Prize of $10,000 in energy upgrades will be awarded, as well as a runner-up prize of $3,000 and a “People’s Choice Award” of $2,000 in upgrades.
The video contest is open to Rocky Mountain Power residential customers in Utah who are 18 years of age and older. Videos can be submitted through the Rocky Mountain Power website: wattsmart.com, or via the company’s Facebook page: facebook.com/rockymountainpower. Submissions must be between 30- and 60-seconds in length and will be accepted through Sept. 18. A judge’s panel will select the Grand Prize winner as well as a runner up winner, while the public will vote for a People’s Choice winner starting the week of Sept. 25. All winners will be announced the week of Oct. 9. Contest rules, requirements and prize information are available online at: wattsmart.com.