Fifth-grade students (from left) Raquel Sampulna, Jason Surdyk, Connor Lang and Mia Mendez participate in the “Think Energy” program recently at High Point School in Orland Park. | Supplied Photo
Updated: March 11, 2013 6:03AM
Fifth-graders at High Point School in Orland Park recently were visited by team members of the National Energy Foundation, in sponsorship with NICOR Gas and ComEd, to present “Think Energy.”
The program was designed to teach students about energy sources in Illinois and how they can work to save energy at home. The visit from NEF also coincided with the students’ science lessons on energy.
The talk started with an overview of our natural and nonrenewable energy sources and how some parts of a home use energy even when no one is home.
By pointing out to students where in their homes energy is used, the NEF members further demonstrated how the students can participate in energy saving behaviors at home.
Practices such as replacing light bulbs with CFL light bulbs, turning off lights and taking shorter showers can drastically reduce the amount of energy utilized in homes every day, NEF members told students.
The presentation concluded with the students receiving a “Think Energy” kit to take home and carry out energy saving techniques utilizing the kit tools of CFL light bulbs, a water thermometer, faucet aerator, shower timer and Home Energy Report Card.
Students were asked to practice these energy saving tips and return the completed report card back to their science teacher.
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