LASER Home Energy Challenge (for Companies)

USGBC-LA, in partnership with MeterLeader, is inviting LASER members to join a new and exciting no-cost employee engagement initiative that we’ve developed specifically for LASER members and their employees, starting on October 1, 2022.

The Problem

LASER Companies have set ambitious ESG goals to reduce their carbon emissions across their operations, however in the Post-Covid world, most companies now have employees working from home. This new reality is not being properly addressed in today’s ESG reporting. Furthermore, approximately 20% of total US carbon emissions come from homes.

The Solution

To help address this new reality, USGBC-LA has partnered with MeterLeader, a USGBC Net Zero Accelerator and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator startup, to create a LASER Home Energy Challenge Pilot

The MeterLeader Platform gamifies saving energy in homes by using real-time utility and proven behavioral science principles. MeterLeader helps companies engage with their employees to reduce carbon emissions at home, and enables those companies to accurately report those reductions for ESG purposes. MeterLeader is like a Fitbit corporate wellness program, but instead of steps, they measure kWh, therm, and carbon emission reductions.

LASER Home Energy Challenge

The goal of the LASER Home Energy Challenge is to motivate employees to adopt energy efficient behaviors and equipment at home, thereby reducing carbon emissions and saving them money on utility bills.

Starts: October 1 – November 30, 2022 

Individual Goal: USGBC-LA is challenging employees who are LADWP, SoCal Edison, SoCal Gas, and SDG&E customers to reduce carbon emissions stemming from their home energy use (electricity AND natural gas) from October 1 through November 30, 2022 by at least 10%. 

Group Goal: We are also challenging everyone to achieve the group goal of 30,000 pounds of CO2 reductions. This is the equivalent of carbon sequestered by about 16 acres of US forests in one year!

Prizes: The Top 5 participants who reduce their home energy-related carbon emissions by the greatest percentage will win prizes and another 5 winners will be awarded prizes based on a lottery system. Every 1% of CO2 savings gets a lottery entry. Prizes TBD.

Eligibility: Must be a primary account holder of an active residential Los Angeles Department of Power and Water (LADWP), Southern California Edison (SCE), Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and/or San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) electric or electric/gas account for at least 1 year. See complete Challenge Rules here

How to Get Involved

We would like LASER members to promote and encourage their employees to participate in the LASER Home Energy Challenge. Its quick, easy & free! All LASER companies need to do is: 

  1. Attend the webinar on September 16, 2022 (you should receive an invitation shortly). This webinar will be specifically for LASER corporate members to learn in more detail about how the challenge works, how their employees are able to use the MeterLeader platform, etc. 
  2. After you attend the September 16 webinar, forward a sequence of 9 emails to your employees that USGBC-LA will send to you. Please see schedule of emails below: 
2022 DatesAttend 2 EventsForward 9 Emails
September 16Webinar for LASER companies – Intro to Challenge
Week of September 19
Announcing the LASER Home Energy Challenge
Invitation to webinar Kickoff to LASER Home Energy Challenge
Week of September 26Webinar for LASER Employees – Kickoff to LASER Home Energy ChallengeWhy Join Challenge – Energy Use & Climate Change
Why Join Challenge – Saving Energy at Home
Week of October 3
Start of Challenge
Week of October 24
Month 1 Progress Update
Week of November 21
Month 2 Progress Update
Week of December 12 (or once LADWP data has posted)
Challenge Results
Week of December 19 (or a week after LADWP data has posted)
Winner Testimonials


By getting their employees involved in the LASER Home Energy Challenge, LASER Organizations will: 

  • Measure carbon emissions from WFH employees
  • Improve Culture of Sustainability at Work & at Home
  • Improve Employee Satisfaction & Retention
  • Align with local Climate Goals

Similarly LASER Employees who participate in the challenge will: 

  • Track utility on an hourly, daily, monthly, and yearly basis
  • Save money on utility bills
  • Win prizes
  • Learn about electrification
  • Enjoy Community Experience

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