POWERHOUSE™ Teaching Local Students to Conserve Resources
A group of students at Lexington Middle School recently took an important step in preparing to be the leaders of tomorrow by learning good energy and water efficiency habits today through participation in the POWERHOUSE ™ energy investigation program. The City of Lexington and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative sponsored the program for students in Tammy Alford’s sixth-grade science class.
“POWERHOUSE is the perfect enrichment program for sixthgrade science,” said Tammy Alford, teacher at Lexington Middle School. “The students love getting involved in learning how they can protect our nonrenewable resources and save money in their homes at the same time.”
Through POWERHOUSE, students received a real-life lesson on the impact their household’s energy consumption has on the environment and their family budget. Using a walk-through energy audit guide, students investigated their households’ energy use. As a result, students and their families received an energy audit report that provided efficiency and conservation recommendations that can be used to reduce their environmental impact while lowering their household’s utility bills.
“At a time when families are tightening their household budgets, POWERHOUSE is teaching students and their families that simple changes – like using compact fluorescent lighting and changing thermostats to energy efficient settings – can help save on their utility bills,” said Mayor Robert Willrich, Sr., City of Lexington.
“Students enjoy the POWERHOUSE program,” said Cheryl Dobos, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. “They really get involved with the investigation and are surprised to see how much electricity and water their households use each year.”
During the 2008-2009 school year, about 5,000 students learned how to use less energy and save natural resources, thanks to POWERHOUSE presentations in 50 schools. LCRA offers the program to its wholesale customers.