FPS staff report
February 5, 2013
Students at Malvern High School are learning to become wise consumers of energy, while at the same time helping their families save money by reducing energy waste at home.
Students in Ms. Dori Hess’ classes are participating in the e3smart program, co-sponsored by AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio.
Student learning examines energy forms, sources, transformation, conservation, consumption and efficiency. Along with instruction, they receive free energy savings items, like compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, energy efficient showerheads and faucet aerators to install at home, Ms. Hess explained.
CFLs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs and last about 10 times longer. Energy efficient showerheads and aerators reduce the amount of water and natural gas used, without sacrificing comfort, she noted.
Among other items in the students’ energy efficiency kits are an LED nightlight, weather-stripping and a door sweep. Students also receive natural gas safety information, including a scratch and sniff card with mercaptan scent, which is the rotten egg type smell found in natural gas.
Participating teachers also receive free training, a curriculum aligned to Ohio science standards and classroom instructional supplies including watt meters, lamp bases, thermometers, radiometers, laminated games, pre- and post- tests and more.
The Ohio Energy Project developed the curriculum, which is the foundation for the e3smart program. Both AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio offer additional energy efficiency programs to help customers save energy and money.
Investor-owned electric utilities in Ohio are required to meet specific energy reduction targets. The e3smart program is part of AEP Ohio’s overall energy efficiency and peak demand response efforts to meet the state of Ohio’s target of reducing electricity consumption 22 percent by the end of 2025.
For more information about how your school can participate in e3smart or details about any of AEP Ohio’s energy efficiency consumer programs, events and tips, visit AEP Ohio.com/Rebates.