Hunt Elementary School students ‘Think! Energy’ during presentation
When Cordonna Smith reached into a bag of candy that represented “human energy,” the sixth-grader pulled out only one Starburst for herself.
Her classmates at Jackson’s Hunt Elementary School followed suit.
“You guys were very energy-efficient,” said Kitty Foyle, noting that there wouldn’t have been enough candy — or “human energy” — for everyone if students had taken more than one candy apiece.
“What we’re trying to do is teach you to be energy efficient, so everybody can have energy for their homes, schools and businesses,” said Foyle, a presenter from the National Energy Foundation, which assists Consumers Energy with its educational program “Think! Energy,” along with the Michigan Department of Education.
The program — which visited Hunt last week — is part of the Jackson-based utility’s energy-efficiency program that was launched to comply with Michigan’s Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act of 2008.
Consumers Energy this year plans to present the program to more than 15,000 students in grades four through six.
National Energy Foundation employees talk to the children about how to make smart choices when they use energy. Among other things, they tell them to turn off the lights when they leave the room, shut off the water while brushing their teeth and to keep doors and windows closed when the air conditioner or furnace is running.
Cordonna, 11, said she planned to take shorter showers after listening to the presentation. She typically spends about 20 minutes in the shower, she said.
Katie Holder of the National Energy Foundation told the students to set a “shower coach” timer for five minutes.
The children received kits from Consumers that included the timer, three Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs, a high-efficiency showerhead, faucet aerator and energy-efficient night light.
For more information on Consumers Energy’s “Think! Energy” program, go to www.consumersenergy.com and click on “Our Company” and then “Kids and Teachers.”