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El Paso Electric LivingWise™ Program Helps Families Save Electricity

October 21, 2014

Kids take the lead to show their families how to save big

LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO – Fifth grade students in Las Cruces are becoming experts in energy efficiency and water conservation, and it shows in what they are saving at home. Right now 2,926 teachers and students in the Las Cruces area are learning the importance of being energy and water efficient with the El Paso Electric LivingWise™ Program. The electric annual savings produced by the program in El Paso Electric’s New Mexico service territory have saved enough electricity to power 129 single-family homes, enough water to provide water to 39 homes for an entire year, and the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 98 passenger vehicles for one year.

The LivingWise™ Program, sponsored by El Paso Electric, educates students and their parents on the importance of conserving energy. The program is an energy efficiency education program designed to investigate and measure energy and water usage in homes, while building knowledge of current environmental issues.

“Encouraging young people in our area to conserve energy is extremely important to El Paso Electric,” said Tom Shockley, El Paso Electric Chief Executive Officer. “We know that by working with these students, we are creating life-long energy and water savers which will result in lasting impacts for future generations. El Paso Electric is extremely conscious of water use and takes serious measures to conserve water, and by investing in new technology, specifically clean burning natural gas and large scale solar projects, helps to protect the environment and our region's natural resources.

Fifth grade classes in El Paso Electric’s New Mexico service territory are eligible to participate.

“Year-after-year we hear from participating teachers and parents how much they enjoy the program,” said Susanne Stone, Energy Efficiency Manager at El Paso Electric.  “Teachers like the real life application of math, science and liberal arts. Parents appreciate that their children are empowered to help at home by saving energy and money.”

Las Cruces fifth grade teacher, Tami Molenda from Alameda Elementary School is being recognized for her dedication to her students’ education and for continual contribution towards energy savings.

“I think this is such a great program and my students love the kits,” said Molenda, who has taught the El Paso Electric LivingWise™ Program for the past two years.  “The program goes right along with what I am teaching and provides great hands-on activities for them to learn energy efficiency,” she added.

Students and teachers in the program discuss the significance of energy conservation through carefully designed lesson plans and in-classroom activities. Each student receives his or her own guide, workbook and El Paso Electric LivingWise™ kit. The kit contains LED light bulbs, a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), a high-efficiency showerhead, a kitchen faucet aerator, a bathroom faucet aerator, a digital thermometer, a flow-rate test bag, and a natural resource fact chart. Students share their knowledge and install the products with their families, reducing residential energy usage.

Resource Action Programs® developed the LivingWise™ Program, which supports New Mexico state academic standards for science, math and language arts.

About El Paso Electric

El Paso Electric is a regional electric utility providing generation, transmission, and distribution service to approximately 396,000 retail and wholesale customers in a 10,000 square mile area of the Rio Grande valley in west Texas and southern New Mexico. El Paso Electric has a net dependable generating capability of 1,872 MW. El Paso Electric's common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EE. For more information about El Paso Electric, visit www.epelectric.com.

About Resource Action Programs

Resource Action Programs® offers a family of hands-on education programs designed to increase residential resource efficiency and community awareness in more than 33 states. The proven and effective design provides the tools to form energy literate households while generating immediate savings in home water and energy use. In 2013, Resource Action Programs was honored for its ability to achieve substantial/sustained energy and water savings by the ACEEE and AWE. For more information about Resource Action Programs, visit www.resourceaction.com