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Students take home message about energy conservation

After showing their schools can save significant money from energy conservation efforts, $120,000 last year alone, Rainbow District School Board officials say it is time for students to take the message home.
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Teddy Ducharme (left) and Joshua Kiramathypathy, Grade 5 students at R.L. Beattie Public School, and Greater Sudbury Mayor David Courtemanche complete the online interactive home audit.

After showing their schools can save significant money from energy conservation efforts, $120,000 last year alone, Rainbow District School Board officials say it is time for students to take the message home.

"We are expanding our environmental education and sustainability efforts from the classroom to the community through the wonders of technology," said Rainbow District School Board chair Dena Morrison.

She spoke at a launch for the computer-based interactive home audit Monday morning at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School.

"We are monitoring our energy use in Rainbow schools and implementing efficiency measures in order to achieve savings. With the launch of the Interactive Home Audit, we are inviting homeowners to model what we are doing in our schools," said Morrison.

The interactive Home Audit software program will educate homeowners about a number of items. They include estimating the amount of energy being consumed in their homes, the cost of that energy and water use per month, what efficiency measures can be implemented to reduce consumption, the dollar savings after efficiency measures are implemented and the impact those personal actions have on the environment.

"They will be able to calculate how much money they could save by implementing efficiency measures in their homes. Residents will be able to see, first-hand, how personal actions have a significant impact on the environment," said Morrison.

The Rainbow District School Board's environmental website tracks each school's progress in its own efficiency drive, as well as teacher resources, educational links and success stories.

Students are directly involved in making their schools more energy efficient.

Diane Cayen-Arnold, chief financial officer for the school board, said, "Student-run activities such as turning off lights and computers, closing taps and making garbage less lunches are saving, energy, water and reducing waste…approximately $120,000 in savings in utilities in the 2004/05 school year."




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