Record-setting numbers for Energy Efficiency Education Program

Record-setting numbers for Energy Efficiency Education Program

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Mississippi Power’s well-known Energy Efficiency Education Program continues to grow as the 2016-17 school year produced record-setting numbers.

Tamara Proctor, Energy Efficiency Education representative, speaks with students at Gaston Point Elementary School in Gulfport during Earth Day activities.

Mississippi Power’s well-known Energy Efficiency Education Program continues to grow as the 2016-17 school year produced record-setting numbers, including new marks for schools visited, schools receiving mini-grants and EEE kits distributed to students and faculty.

The program, which features EEE representatives visiting schools throughout the service territory and promoting energy-saving tips, was presented at 50 schools during 2016-17, with 37 of those qualifying for mini-grants.

“The Energy Efficiency Education Program offered by Mississippi Power has had a tremendous impact on students within our communities,” said Jason Moak, Energy Efficiency team leader. “Thanks to what they’ve learned through the program, the students have engaged and challenged their parents on how to save money within their homes.”

In total, schools received $11,000 in mini-grant funding in 2016-17, with more than 5,460 EEE kits going home with students and faculty.

At each school visit, students are given kits to take home that include several CFL bulbs, an LED nightlight, a shower timer, a thermostat temperature gauge and a questionnaire on their family’s energy habits. If 75 percent of the students return the questionnaire, they are eligible for a $250 grant per grade from the company.

“We made sure administrators, students and teachers knew the importance of getting those surveys filled out,” said Tamara Proctor, EEE representative. “The efforts to follow-up with them really made a difference this year.”

Also in 2016-17, seven schools were inducted into the “$1,000 Club” for earning $1,000 in mini-grant funding, while two schools made it into the “500 Club” for having 500 or more students educated in the program.

“We’ve had a lot of repeat visits to schools,” Proctor said. “Everyone enjoys the program and wants it back in their classrooms. We’re already getting calls from schools wanting to sign up for next year.”

Meanwhile, Proctor is taking part in community and Earth Day events, and presenting scaled-down versions of the program.

“During the events, we do a five-minute presentation for younger students and an EEE quiz for fourth-and fifth-graders,” she added. “It’s been fun asking the fourth- and fifth-graders questions because many of them participated in the school program and remember the information.”

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