As a new school year is beginning to kick off, this is the perfect time to begin saving energy with your new students. Starting a Watt Watchers of Texas program may seem challenging so we wanted to share some key tips from Leah Spurlock, the Assistant Energy Manager for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, who has helped over 50 campuses save energy through the Watt Watchers Program.
1. Rolling the program out slowly to individual schools has a higher chance of success.
2. Having district level support from an Associate Superintendent or Superintendent and keeping them involved is extremely helpful.
3. Not every school may want to participate initially and that’s okay!
4. Be there to answer questions and visit campuses to show your involvement and dedication.
5. Share your success stories with other campuses. If they see how much is being saved they might be encouraged to start saving too.
If you are looking for a good activity to begin with, the History of Science activity is a good way for high school students to gain exposure to the contributions of key historical technologies. Educate students about electricity and the lightbulb’s origin to help them recognize why saving energy is so important.
Read more about the activity here.