Fall Community Energy Competition is Heating Up
Rockland, Maine― Starting on Monday, November 5th, 10 island and coastal schools will begin competing in the 2012 SUBPANEL SHOWDOWN – one of the many ways that the Island Institute’s Energy for ME project helps students, teachers and community members get excited about energy efficiency activities that help their communities.
Working with their school facility managers, students and their teachers have identified a subpanel (one section of the school’s electrical system, e.g., for the high school wing of the building) that is being monitored by an eMonitor at their school. The eMonitor energy meters were installed earlier this year to measure electricity usage at several different access points, including homes, schools and public buildings. The challenge is for schools to identify the subpanel with the greatest potential for energy savings, so that – through campaigns to change behaviors – they can demonstrate a reduction in kilowatt-hours for the month of November.
A total of $2,500 eBucks – which can be used to fund energy efficiency projects or buy tools for investigating energy use – is up for grabs during the SUBPANEL SHOWDOWN. Schools will be awarded eBucks at the end of the competition based on the electricity saved on their selected subpanel. Every school that demonstrates savings will earn eBucks, so the incentive to save energy is great no matter where the school finishes at the end of the competition. The results will be announced during an Energy Quest webinar on December 4th.
Energy for ME is a three-year energy education project funded through a competitive grant from the National Science Foundation. For more information about the 2012 SUBPANEL SHOWDOWN, or any other aspect of the Energy for ME project, please visit www.islandinstitute.org/energyforme or contact Brooks Winner, community energy associate at the Island Institute, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-594-9209 x148.