INDIVIDUALS

INTRODUCTION AND RULES

Welcome to the individual Clean Air Dare! The ultimate goal of this challenge is to reduce as much air emissions as possible so that our lives get healthier and happier. The quicker you accomplish the dare and dare other people, the bigger goal we will achieve.

 

Clean Air Dare for individuals lasts from September 1 to November 15, 2015. During this time, you can improve air quality and win prizes:

 

  • Biweekly prizes. Two (2) prizes will be given every two (2) weeks: one to a person who reduces the largest amount of emissions, and another prize to a person who accomplishes the dare(s) over the greatest number of hours within the biweekly period. See more information about the prizes and eligibility below.

 

  • Grand Prize. A Grand Prize will be awarded to the person who reduces the largest amount of emissions throughout the entire campaign.
    See more information below on how to win prizes.

 

IMPORTANT:

In order to know how much air emissions you reduced, you will need to register for the Challenge and record your achievements:

* All dares must be an activity that you do not already do.  The goal here is to reduce air emission, not to track existing ones.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

Accepting a Dare
Once you’ve been challenged to complete a dare on Facebook, you can honor it or not. If you accept the dare, follow these steps:

  1. Like the Clean Air Dare Facebook Page.
  2. Choose a Dare from the list on this page.
  3. Pledge on Facebook that you'll complete the dare (for example - "I was dared by [insert name of darer] to accomplish a #cleanairdare and I honor the dare. I choose to make air cleaner by [insert dare]."
  4. Accomplish the dare before November 15, 2015 (the end of the Clean Air Dare Challenge).
  5. Share your accomplishment and dare three (3) others to complete a dare! Keep in mind that each dare you complete enters you in for a chance to win Biweekly prizes. Be sure to share our website www.cleanairdare.com so people know where to go for the challenge!
  6. Register using the "Challenge Registration" button above. (You only need to register once)
  7. Record achievements using the "Record Achievements" button above. (You may do this as many times as you need.
  8. Participate again. If someone else challenges you to a new dare, do it! In fact, you can participate as many times as you like!

 

Challenging Someone to a Dare

  1. Choose a dare from the list on this page.
  2. Challenge someone on Facebook to complete your dare (for example - "I challenge [insert name of daree] to accomplish the following #cleanairdare: [insert dare from list]. You have until [insert biweekly deadline] to complete the dare and be entered to win a prize. If you accept this challenge, visit www.cleanairdare.com to register and record your achievements.

PRIZES

Not only you can help your community to improve air quality and save money while doing Clean Air Dares, we will also give you prizes every two weeks and award a grand prize winner at the end of the challenge. To become a winner, reduce the largest amount of air emissions and/or complete the dare the largest number of hours in the two-week period or over the course of the campaign.

 

To be entered for the biweekly drawings, all of your achievements for that period need to be recorded (via the "Record Achievements" link above) by the last day of the biweekly period. We will use the data you provided to measure how much air emissions you reduced. We recommend doing it at least once a week before you forget all of your hard work. One person who reduces the largest amount of air emissions* and one person who does the dare over the longest time period** during the two-week period wins*. The biweekly periods are:

 

  • September 6 – September 19
  • September 20 – October 3
  • October 4 – October 17
  • October 18 – October 31
  • November 1 – November 14
  • Grand Prize!

 

* We will be able to calculate your emissions reduction after you record your dare(s)’ achievements.

** Example of how winners will be chosen: Samantha unplugs her DVR every day for 10 hours a day during the biweekly period. Her total time for participation would be 140 hours (14 days*10 hours). John turns off his AC for 8 hours a day, 5 days during the biweekly period. His total time for participation would be 40 hours (5 days*8 hours).  Samantha would win one prize because she completed an activity for a longer period of time. However, John would also win a prize because his activity led to the highest reduction in emissions for that period.

 

If you have any questions regarding the prizes and how winners are chosen, please contact us at neil@heartlandmpo.org

 

DARES

Transportation Dares

I dare you to...

  • Carpool
  • Ride your bike
  • Take public transportation
  • Walk

* Be sure to track your mileage if completing one of these dares! (Google maps can help with this.)

 

 

Electricity Dares
I dare you to...

  • Turn off an electric appliance (e.g., lights, TV, computer monitors, etc) when not in use.  Track: wattage of the appliance, hours turned off.
  • Air dry your dishes. Track: wattage of the drier, hours of air drying instead of using the appliance
  • Line-dry your clothes. Track: wattage of the drier, hours of air drying instead of using the appliance.
    • Clothes dryers on average use 4 % of household energy in the U.S.
  • Sweep your driveway, patio, deck, etc. instead of using a leaf blower. Track: wattage of the leaf blower, hours of air drying instead of using the appliance.
    • Gas leaf blowers often emit more air pollutants than cars right into the air around you making them one of the most dangerous air polluting device. Electric leaf blowers are better because they move the air pollution away from you and your neighborhood to the power plant. However, sweeping does not pollute your air at all, making it the cleanest method of removing leaves and other debris.
  • Unplug your DVR (set-top boxes). Track: wattage of the appliance, hours unplugged.
    • DVRs in a sleep mode use almost the same amount of energy as in a regular mode. Many DVRs use half as much energy as regular refrigerators, and sometimes the same amount of energy as the energy star approved refrigerators! This is a 24/7 energy vampire in your house. Switching DVRs off completely ensures that their energy use is reduced.
  • Turn off your cooling system when you are not at home. Track: wattage of the appliance, hours turned off.
    • Cooling accounts on average for 2 % of household energy consumption in Midwest.
  • Use a fan instead of your air conditioner. Track: wattage of the fan, wattage of AC, hours using the fan instead of AC.
    • AC uses 10-50 times more energy than fans.
  • Cook meals on a stove top instead of the oven. Track: wattage of the oven stove, wattage of the oven, hours using the stove instead of the oven.
    • Ovens use 2-5 times more energy than the stove tops and requires longer cooking hours increasing your air emission (and energy bill).
  • Switch incandescent light bulbs to CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) or LED’s. Track: wattage of the incandescent light bulbs, number of these bulbs; wattage of new CFL/LED bulbs installed in place of incandescent light bulbs, number of newly installed bulbs.
    • CFL light bulbs produce the same amount of light while using 4-5 times less energy and lasting 6 time longer than an incandescent light bulb. Such high efficiency can save your expenditures on light bulbs by 80 % (while reducing energy usage and air emissions)! LED lights bring even more savings.
  • Switch an electric appliance to an energy-star appliance. Track: appliance kind (fridge, AC, etc), wattage of the previous appliance, wattage of the new appliance.
    • Energy Star approved electric appliances use much less energy while producing the same or better quality appliances.