Win a solar hot water system (or 5 grand)

According to the school’s Web site, only about 70 raffle tickets (at $25 each) have been purchased for Evergreen Charter School’s Go Green Raffle, which promises a solar hot-water system or $5,000 to one lucky winner. The raffle is being held as a fundraiser for the eco-conscious Asheville elementary school. The school aims to sell at least 300 tickets, and they’ll stop selling once they’ve reached 1,200.

The system, donated by FLS Energy, includes two 4×8 panels and a hot-water tank, and it’s designed to run in series with an existing hot-water tank. Depending on your home’s solar orientation, it could lower the portion of your electric bill associated with heating water by as much as 85 percent. FLS Energy will guarantee the delivery and installation within a one-and-a-half-hour radius of Asheville. The drawing will be held no later than May 31.

— Rebecca Bowe, contributing editor

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