LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Going green helps the environment but by being aware of the planet, you could put some serious green in your pocket.

Money that is. Moolah, cash, Benjamins, dinero…

The Energy Upgrade California Program is holding a contest for residents of LA County…for those who have tried to make their homes more energy efficient, the program will step up and award five people $10,000 in energy upgrades.

One grand prize winner is going to receive $50,000 for improvements, including solar panels.

The contest entry runs through March 31.

The program is also offering rebates up to $4,500 for complete work.

To be eligible for the rebates/incentives and contest, the work must be performed by an Energy Upgrade California participating contractor. Improvements include insulation, HVAC upgrades, sealing, tankless water heaters, energy-efficient windows, etc.

For more information about the program and applications, click here.

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Comments (2)
  1. Sporty says:

    What about the Inland Empire we need this conest lets get the ball rolling and make going green real.

  2. DMC says:

    Unfortunately, the money to fund the contest was from a stimulus grant that LA County received to help promote the Energy Upgrade incentive program that is offered through Southern CA Edison and SoCalGas, which is available to homeowners in Riverside County. Unfortunately, they won’t be able to take advantage of the other program components, but the overall money is there for you to claim in rebates.

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