Woodville Wins National ENERGY STAR Competition

The Jackson County town of Woodville is bringing home a new national championship for the state of Alabama to celebrate, beating teams from across the country to win an energy-savings competition for 2014.

Tuesday, the federal ENERGY STAR program announced the final results of its 2014 Battle of the Buildings National Building Competition. Woodville won by cutting energy use by 25 percent at five public facilities, defeating more than 100 competitors including some major corporate teams. Businesses, governments and other organizations entering five or more buildings competed as teams. Individual buildings also could be entered. In all, 41 Alabama buildings were entered into the competition.

The motivation for the town of 741 residents was simple. By saving money on energy, the town could add more dollars to its budget for street improvements and other essential services. The energy savings recorded for 2014 represent almost $2,000 in cost savings from 2013.

“This is a great honor for the town of Woodville, Jackson County and the state of Alabama,” Woodville Mayor Steve Helms said. “This just shows that it does not matter how small you are, if you are committed, work hard, and do smart things, good things will happen to you.”

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Director Jim Byard Jr. said Woodville serves as an example of how energy savings can bring relief to tight budgets and help governments, residents, businesses and organizations make the best use of their resources.

“Woodville has demonstrated how a community can come together to achieve an important goal,” Byard said. “Our Energy Division stands ready to assist any town, city, county or business that wishes to cut operating costs by implementing energy-saving measures.”

For more information please contact Mayor Helms at the Town Hall at 256-776-2860.

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