Ballard family in energy-efficient home design challenge

A family from Ballard is in a reality show-style competition home makeover challenge to make their home more energy efficient. It’s called the Re-Energized by Design challenge, put on by Puget Sound Energy (PSE). The Mendes family is one of five families competing for a $5,000 grand prize.

The Mendes family. Photo courtesy PSE

The Mendes family includes Marie and Mike and their children, Mateus (14 months old) and Cristiano (4 years old). “We’d like to learn about design, push our limits to accomplish our goals, and to convey to the kids the importance of the environment and energy. Improving the style of our home while reducing our environmental impact is the perfect project for our family,” Marie told PSE.

The family was chosen after a video entry, a public vote to select 10 finalists, and a final interview. The Mendes family’s home design makeover will be documented by film crews and will be released as a web series on starting in March. The family will have a design coach to help them with the energy efficient makeover, and a panel of judges will determine the winner. The judges will include photographer Duell Fisher, 425 and South Sound Magazine editor Lisa Patterson, and radio personality Marty Reimer.

For a peak at the contestants and to learn more about the competition, visit the Re-energized by Design website.

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