A key to the program is the free energy audit -- the HomeSMART energy assessment -- offered by Appalachian Power, which identifies places where your home is wasting energy and suggests ways to improve efficiency.
You can sign up for an audit at the meeting Tuesday night, do it online or call Apco, Naumoff said.
However, the state Public Service Commission limits Apco to auditing no more than 20 homes a month, which could create a bit of a bottleneck.
"I would think if there's a huge, huge demand, I would hope they would re-evaluate that," she said, "but it's also an incentive to sign up early.
"We'd like every person to have an energy assessment, but you don't need to have an energy assessment to compete. Tuesday night will be the kickoff for E4. Residents can sign up for E4, meet their block captains and schedule an energy assessment.
"Through the month of January captains will go out, disseminating information. The first energy report will be for the month of February. We'll continue for 12 months, through January 2014."
Although the Apco audits are for homeowners only, renters can also participate, Naumoff said.
The Alliance also plans a series of workshops and other activities to publicize the program.
Jeff Barrie, an efficiency consultant from Tennessee, will present nonstop planning sessions Feb. 22 at the Alliance headquarters, and Bridgemont Community & Technical College will offer monthly workshops, also at the Alliance.
"Every participant will get a yard sign, and every block will have a thermometer to show how much energy they've saved throughout the competition.
For information, contact Cullen Naumoff, 304-340-4253 or cnaum...@charlestonareaalliance.org.
Reach Jim Balow at ba...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102.