In its 20th year, the PowerHouse™ Energy Investigation Program continues to challenge students to discover simple, easy ways to conserve energy and save on their families’ utility bills. Developed by the Lower Colorado River Authority, the program was sponsored by Fayette Electric Cooperative and the City of La Grange for the eighth grade students in La Grange Middle School.
During the interactive presentation, the 170 students in Amy Fritz’s and Kim Landis’ classes discovered that LED lights consume 80-90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last much longer. They also learned that a programmable thermostat can be one of the most effective investments for their homes. Both of these offer energy savings on their families’ utility bills.
“We really appreciate FEC and LCRA coming to La Grange Middle School each year. The students really learn a lot about saving energy and why it’s so important. Their parents also learn a lot about how to save money,” said Mrs. Landis.
“I learned that an energy efficient setting for the air conditioner is 78 degrees during the summer,” said Aidan Johnson.
“The fifth cooperative principle is ‘Education, Training and Information’. Fayette EC and the other co-sponsors share a vested interest in the education of students in schools located in or near their service territories,” said FEC Marketing and Training Coordinator Catherine Poppe. “This program demonstrates that this principle is being fulfilled in the schools where the PowerHouse energy investigation program is presented.”