Tracy had 315,499 points as of Thursday, Sept. 6, while Davis led the group of 10 cities in first place with 380,285. Chula Vista was third with 257,122.
On Aug. 9, Tracy was named the third finalist city in the competition, joining Davis and Sacramento. That distinction earned the three cities $10,000 each to continue their energy-efficiency efforts until the challenge ends on March 31, according to Kimberly Matlock, an assistant planner for the city of Tracy.
The money — which the city is still waiting to receive — will be used to purchase prizes and incentives to encourage Tracy residents who are participating to continue logging their energy use to earn points, Matlock said.
Prizes could include family-friendly activities, such as dinner and movie ticket packages. Challenge participants will automatically be entered into a raffle, and the more points participants earn, the more chances they will have to win.
“We’ve been brainstorming different ways to reward the entire household and not just the one who enters the points,” Matlock said. “We want prizes that also benefit the third-grader who turns off the lights or uses less water when they brush their teeth.”
Despite the point lag behind Davis, Matlock believes Tracy can claim the title, because the city has the most participants signed up — 343, roughly 50 more than Davis or Chula Vista.
New sign-ups can also backlog their energy use to March, but vehicle mileage can only be logged as it is accumulated.
“This (competition) isn’t over yet,” she said. “Keep getting those points, as many as possible, and we can win this for Tracy.”
At a glance
• Visit CoolCalifornia.org to sign up. A computer with internet access is available at City Hall, 333 Civic Center Drive.