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Presenters Deidre Whittaker (right) Eilene Hezseltine test knowledge Paul Revere Intermediate School fifth-graders during “Think! Energy” presentation. | Supplied Photo

Presenters Deidre Whittaker (right) and Eilene Hezseltine test the knowledge of Paul Revere Intermediate School fifth-graders during the “Think! Energy” presentation. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: January 31, 2013 6:02AM



Fifth-grade students at Paul Revere Intermediate School in Blue Island recently learned about reusing, reducing and recycling thanks to a visit from the National Energy Foundation.

The NEF, in partnership with Nicor Gas and ComEd, presented “Think! Energy,” a program that gives students the knowledge and tools necessary to make a significant difference in electricity, natural gas and water usage in both their home and community, school officials said.

Presenters Deidre Whittaker and Eilene Hezseltine shared information about the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources and encouraged students to work with their families in actively saving energy.

Some suggestions included turning off lights and unplugging computers, game consoles and appliances when not in use; replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFL bulbs; adjusting home thermostats for the season; and using lids when cooking.

Other suggestions included washing full loads of laundry in cold water; reducing time in the shower; shutting off water while brushing teeth; and installing a faucet aerator.

Students also played a bingo-style game that tested their understanding of the key energy conservation concepts. Students also received a take-home kit that contained energy-efficient products such as a high-efficiency shower head, a shower timer, three CFL bulbs, faucet aerators and a flow rate test bag.

The kit also included a household survey scan form. If 80 percent or more of the surveys are returned, participating classrooms will receive a mini-grant of up to $100, and students will receive wristbands for returning the completed forms.

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