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2011-03-03 / Community News

Local Students Discover Easy Ways To Conserve Energy, Save Money


Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and the City of Lexington sponsored the POWERHOUSE™ energy investigation program for Lexington Middle School’s sixth-grade science students. Pictured above are Mark Johnson of Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and Mayor Robert Willrich, Sr., with Tammy Alford and her science class. Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and the City of Lexington sponsored the POWERHOUSE™ energy investigation program for Lexington Middle School’s sixth-grade science students. Pictured above are Mark Johnson of Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and Mayor Robert Willrich, Sr., with Tammy Alford and her science class. Sixth- grade students at Lexington Middle School are learning how their families can save money on utility bills by investigating how efficiently their own households use energy.

Through the POWERHOUSE ™ energy investigation program, 85 students in science classes taught by Tammy Alford recently learned about electricity production, its impact on the environment, and the potential savings on utility bills from energy-wise practices at home. Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and the City of Lexington sponsored the program.

Through POWERHOUSE, students received a hands-on understanding of energy consumption by becoming energy efficiency experts. Using a walkthrough guide, students investigated and recorded their households’ energy-using habits. The data they collected was entered into a computer program that determined each family’s impact on the environment and various natural resources. Students received personalized reports of their homes’ energy use and received practical solutions to share with their families.

“ POWERHOUSE teaches students and their families that their own bad energy habits like keeping lights on, leaving the refrigerator door open, or setting the thermostat too low on hot summer days can waste natural resources and cost additional money on their monthly electric bills,” said Mark Johnson of Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. “They learn that by making simple changes, each of us can help reduce the overall demand for water and electricity and help ensure that there is enough for many generations to come.”

During the 2009-2010 school year, more than 7,100 students learned how to use less energy and save natural resources, thanks to POWERHOUSE presentations in 60 schools with 29 utility sponsors. LCRA developed the program and offers it to its wholesale electric customers.

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