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El Paso Sixth-Graders Receive Energy Efficiency Kits from El Paso Electric

February 21, 2013

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

EL PASO, TEXAS – Sixth-grade students in El Paso are becoming whizzes in energy and water conservation, and it shows in what they are saving at home. Right now 8,034 teachers and students in the El Paso 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 Texas service territory have saved enough electricity to power 598 single-family homes, and the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1,011 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 designed to investigate and measure energy and water usage in homes, while building knowledge of current environmental issues.

“The El Paso Electric LivingWise Program educates students and their families on the importance and ease of energy and water conservation,” said Paul Royalty, Manager of Energy Efficiency and Utilization at El Paso Electric. “El Paso Electric has been offering this program for five years and the collective energy savings have resulted in the savings of millions of kilowatt hours.”

Sixth-grade classes in El Paso Electric’s New Mexico and Texas service territories are eligible to participate.

“Schools in New Mexico have just finished running the program, while El Paso schools are just starting the program,” said Royalty. “Year-after-year we hear from participating teachers and parents how much they enjoy the program. Teachers like the real life application of math, science and liberal arts state education standards. Parents appreciate that their children are empowered to help at home by saving energy and money.”

El Paso sixth-grade science teacher Louise Bergdahl from Lincoln Middle School was recognized with an award from El Paso Electric for her dedication to her students’ education and for continual contribution toward energy savings.

“I think this is such a great program and my students LOVE the kits,” said Bergdahl, who has taught the El Paso Electric LivingWise Program for the past three 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 compact fluorescent lamps, a high-efficiency showerhead, a kitchen faucet aerator, a digital thermometer, a flow-rate test bag, a FilterTone® alarm, nightlight 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 the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

About El Paso Electric
El Paso Electric is a regional electric utility providing generation, transmission, and distribution service to approximately 384,000 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 1,785 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. The proven and effective design provides the tools to form energy literate households while generating immediate savings in home water and energy use. For more information about Resource Action Programs, visit www.resourceaction.com.