You gotta get ’em while their young, right? Well, thousands of Illinois school children are learning easy ways to save energy in their homes. The “Think! Energy” program is the product of a partnership between Nicor Gas and Commonwealth Edison that brings energy educators into schools to give what are said to be fun presentations (no word from the kids on their assessment).
The partnership is doing 45 minute to hourlong presentations at 118 Illinois elementary schools. Before it wraps up this year, an estimated 10,000 students and teachers will hear the energy messages, double the number from the previous school year. Energy efficiency experts talk about the importance of saving natural gas, electricity and water in the home and at school.
“We have found that getting children excited about energy efficiency motivates entire families to save energy,” James Jerozal, general manager for energy efficiency for Nicor Gas, said in a statement. “That’s why we make our Elementary Energy Education Program fun and engaging.”
Students and teachers taking part in the program also get free conservation kits that include: a high-efficiency showerhead, shower timer, kitchen and bathroom aerators and a digital thermometer and three compact fluorescent light bulbs. Students are encouraged to work with their parents or guardians to install the items and complete an energy activity book to see how easy it is to save energy in the home.
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