LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Homeowners have one more day to enter to win a “home energy makeover” worth as much as $50,000.

Los Angeles County and local utilities are offering rebates to local homeowners who make their homes more energy efficient. These rebates could total as much as $4,500 and does not include the savings on future utility bills.

The partnership expects to help retrofit about 20,000 homes.

A contest to publicize the program boasts a $50,000 grand prize, including solar panels and certification as a “green home.” Five runner-ups will win up to $10,000 each in energy and water efficient improvements for their homes.

Home improvements that qualify for rebates and incentives include insulation, sealing, heating, ventilating and air conditioning upgrades, energy-efficient windows and tankless water heaters.

To enter the contest, visit energyupgradeca.org.

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  1. Antoinette Carey says:

    My name is Mrs. Antoinette Carey me and my husband work very hard. always giving back to our commiuty. we are just trying to live the american dream. when we purchase our home in 2008. But with the economic economy things are very diffcult. We need help with finshing something in our home, (Basement, Backyard). I have enter so many of these sweatsteaks but because i don’t live in a suburban neighborhood unfortunately on one gose outside the box
    please give me and my husband a fighting chance. despartly needing a chance.

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