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Friday Freebies!

NC GreenPower is giving away prizes for 12 weeks this summer! If you aren't already on our social networks, we invite you to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook so you can enter to win. Each week, we will update the contest announcements and the prizes we are giving away, so stay tuned!

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To Enter Friday Freebies:

Each week from June 15 through August 31, 2012, NC GreenPower will announce a new contest no later than 12 noon Eastern Time every Friday. Each week will have a different "green" theme. Contestants must send us a message or upload a photo to enter that week's contest using either Facebook or Twitter. If using Facebook, upload a photo to NC GreenPower's wall and tag us in the photo caption or the comments section. If participating via Twitter, upload a photo or mention us using our Twitter handle @NCGP. Entries must be received by 9am Eastern Time the following Friday. Winners will be drawn at random from all entries received prior to the deadline. No purchase or donation is necessary to participate in the contest. The contest is open to anyone who participates in our social media networks.

Prizes:

NC GreenPower will give away small promotional items (generally $50 or less in value.) The prizes will vary, depending on availability. We reserve the right to substitute prizes based on availability at the time of the drawing. The odds of winning are dependent on the number of entries.

Contest Rules:

Entries must be received by 9am Eastern Time the following Friday. Winners will be drawn at random from the current week's entries. Entries must be received prior to the deadline in order to be valid. The winner will be contacted via the method that they used to enter (Twitter or Facebook) and must provide a valid email and mailing address within 48 hours of notification to receive that week's prize. If the prize is not claimed within that time, another name will be drawn from eligible entries. No purchase or donation is necessary to participate in the contest. The contest is open to any United States resident who participates in our social media networks. NC GreenPower is not responsible for any errors, delays in transmission, or delays in the processing of your photo caused by a third party website.

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WEEK 1 - Friday, June 15

  • Father's Day is this Sunday! Do you celebrate in a sustainable way? Are you planning to spending time with family or friends? Show us your Father's Day celebration by uploading a picture of you and your fellow party-goers to one of our social networking sites and enter to win an NC GreenPower prize pack of swag!
  • WINNER: Christine J. from Apex!

WEEK 2 - Friday, June 22

  • Do you recycle? SHOW US! Take a picture of you recycling something. Anything. It could be recycling office paper at work. Or putting a soda can in the right bin. Kudos if you recycle a CFL bulb!! (FYI: Home Depot and Lowe's have bins by customer service.) So let us know that you are helping to keep recyclables - like plastic bottles - out of the landfill, and you can win a set of 4 totebags made from recycled materials. Remember, post by Monday at noon on Facebook or Twitter to enter. Good luck!
  • WINNER: Megan C. from Raleigh!

WEEK 3 - Friday, June 29

  • CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) use 1/4 of the wattage of incandescent bulbs, putting $30 back in your wallet per bulb replaced! CFLs also use at least 2/3 less energy than standard bulbs to provide the same amount of light & last about 4 to 10 times longer. If every U.S. household replaced just 1 regular incandescent with a CFL, it would prevent 90 billion lbs of GHG emissions from power plants - that's the emissions equivalent of taking 1 million cars off the road! Pledge to change out just 1 CFL bulb and enter win a 12-pack of 100w equivalent (23W) CFL bulbs from NC GreenPower. We'll be looking for your Twitter or Facebook pledge! Help us save some energy and make a dent in the billions of pounds of GHG emissions from power plants that are emitted each year from incandescent bulbs.
  • Winner: John M. from Cornelius!

WEEK 4 - Friday, July 6

  • Buy local! Buy Organic! Buying from local N.C. farmers reduces your carbon footprint and supports the local economy. Buying organic supports better health choices by reducing the amount of harmful pesticides and chemicals that you are exposed to. (Read more on our blog!) Will you pledge to bypass conventional and make a greener choice at the grocery store? Maybe just consider buying the dirty dozen organically. Or support the N.C. 10% Campaign! Whatever you choose, be sure to let us know on Twitter or Facebook and be entered to win two organic cotton NC GreenPower tees (printed locally and planet-friendly by T.S. Designs in Burlington) AND a 1 pound bag of "breakfast roast" beans from organic and fair trade certified Cafe San Ramon, roasted locally by Counter Culture Coffee in Durham. (photo)
  • Winner: Courtney P. from Charlotte!

WEEK 5 - Friday, July 13

  • Do you follow the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle rule?! To Reuse is to use an item again after is been used. This includes conventional reuse, where the item is used again for the same function, and new-life reuse where it is used for a different function. There is also Upcycling - the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. Get crafty and show us your stuff! Send us a picture of something you've reused, repurposed or upcycled – or simply share your ideas with us – and enter to win a refillable NC GreenPower pen, a set of our eco-friendly note cards and recycled paper sticky pads!
  • Winner: Lorelei E. from Winston-Salem!

WEEK 6 – Friday, July 20

  • Did you know? Washing clothes in cold water can save as much as 90% of the energy it takes to run your washing machine! That’s right!! So much energy is used to heat the water used to clean your clothes. In fact, TreeHugger states that if you were to wash all of your loads in hot/warm water, that’s the carbon footprint equivalent of 182 gallons of gas or like driving 3,600 miles! That’s a big footprint. So take the pledge. Pledge to wash in cold water and enter to win a reusable dryer sheet just for cutting back on your energy usage with the laundry. (We also want you to use your dryer less – but that’s coming up in a future contest, so stay tuned!)
  • Winner: Chip F. from Apex!

WEEK 7: Friday, July 27 - Friday, Aug 3

  • Do you always bring your reusable grocery bags to the store? You do?!! That’s great. How about when you are buying produce – do you use the thin plastic bags at the store when you buy your broccoli?  Some grocery stores offer produce bags that are 100% degradable. But better yet would be to take your own reusable produce bags! Worldwide, an estimated 1 billion plastic bags are used by consumers.  Pledge to bring your own grocery bags and enter to win a set of 5 reusable produce bags from NC GreenPower #FridayFreebies. Good luck!
  • Winner: Tresa P. from Raleigh!

WEEK 8 - Friday, Aug. 3 - Friday, Aug. 10

  • Paper towels make up a huge portion of the paper market, second only to toilet paper. According to Ecology.com, world consumption of paper has grown 400 percent in the last 40 years. Now nearly 4 billion trees or 35 percent of the total trees cut around the world are used in paper industries on every continent.  It’s no coincidence our Friday Freebie prize for this upcoming week is a 4-pack of SKOY Cloths. Won’t you take the pledge to use fewer paper towels? You can enter on Facebook by stating your pledge on our wall, or answering the poll at the top. If you are a Twitter follower, simply state “I pledge to reduce my use of paper products!”
  • WINNER: Triangle Air Awareness!

WEEK 9 - Friday, Aug. 10 - Friday, Aug. 17

  • Bringing your lunch to school or work saves a lot! You save money, gas, time and you save on waste. Every day, more than 20 million sandwich bags from school lunches go into landfills in the U.S. (according to 3greenmoms). This week's prize will hopefully encourage more people to bring their lunch. Pledge to bring your lunch and be entered to win $20 worth of LunchSkin products of your choice. You can enter on Facebook by stating your pledge on our wall, or answering the poll at the top. If you are a Twitter follower, say “I brought my lunch today!”
  • WINNER: Terri Q. from Florida!

WEEK 10 – Friday, Aug. 17 - Friday, Aug. 24

  • Did you know that only about 27% of all plastic bottles actually get recycled? Recycling just one plastic bottle is the equivalent to the amount of power needed to light a 60-watt light bulb for six hours! And recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space. So buy a reusable water bottle—and use it. Better yet – pledge to buy less (or NOT buy) plastic bottled water, and you’ll be entered to win our beverage convenience pack: a set of 4 NC GreenPower color change biodegradable cups (Made in the USA!) and a stainless steel reusable water bottle, courtesy of our friends and corporate sponsor Chapel Hill Tire! You can enter on Facebook by stating your pledge on our wall, or answering the poll at the top. If you are a Twitter follower, say “I use reusable bottles!”
  • WINNER: Mark D.

WEEK 11 - Friday, Aug. 24 - Friday, Aug. 31

  • All the kids are back in school now across the state, so there’s a lot more driving going on and more carbon being pumped into the atmosphere. So this week is all about emissions… driving emissions! Do you carpool? If not, pledge to do it just once a week. How about telecommuting – can you work from home once a week?  Do you already take a bus, vanpool or ride your bike? Do you offset your commute with NC GreenPower Carbon Offsets? Check out what your office, city or county has to offer. Then tell us what you plan to do this week to cut down on your travel emissions and enter to win a $25 gift card of your choice! (Choose from our list of available gift cards to be provided to the winner. Choices include: Sunoco, ranked the "greenest" oil company by Greenopia, Starbucks, Amazon, Darden restaurants and more.)
  • WINNER: Ashley C. from Carrboro

You can enter on Facebook by stating your pledge on our wall, or if you are a Twitter follower, simply state your pledge and mention @NCGP.