Contestants from Energy Limbo 2012 with Environment Minister Marc Bean and Department of Energy volunteer Kate DuPlessis. *Photo supplied

Contestants from Energy Limbo 2012 with Environment Minister Marc Bean and Department of Energy volunteer Kate DuPlessis. *Photo supplied

MONDAY, NOV. 19: How would you like a chance to save money on your BELCO bill?

The Department of Energy is seeking contestants for the 2013 Energy Limbo Contest, which will start on January 1, 2013 and run until November 1, 2013.

Contestants from the 2012 reduced their energy consumption by 11 per cent on average, with the winners Shirley Ann and Edwin Smith leading the way with a 38 per cent reduction in their energy usage.

Anyone can enter the competition given that they have lived in their home since January 2012.  Participants don’t need to own the home in which they reside, but they do need to have their own meter and tenants will need to seek their landlord’s permission to participate.

The Department of Energy will need access to participants’ online BELCO accounts to gauge the kilowatt hours used, the length of billing cycle, and the dates of the billing cycle. All information will be kept confidential and after the contest is over the account information is destroyed and the contestants can then simply change their access codes if they wish.

“Effectively, it’s no different than giving us the paper copies of your bills, but it cuts out the step of having the contestants report, which had caused delays in getting the contestants their interim results,” explained the Director of Energy Jeane Nikolai. “We have to stress that no information will be shared with any other party, not even other contestants.”

To enter Energy Limbo simply email the Department of Energy at energy@gov.bm, who will then send you the entry forms and entry requirements.

The deadline for entry submissions is December 21, 2012.