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How to Save Energy at Home During the Summer

As we all know, the transition from the cooler winter months into the much warmer spring and summer months means that, in Texas, utility bills are going to increase. With the heat of the day reaching a high point, the interior of our homes also tend to heat up and you become uncomfortable unless some cooling techniques are employed. Unfortunately, those cooling methods tend to use a lot of energy. Rather than crank up the air conditioning, there are some other ways to stay cool and save energy at the same time. At Watt Watchers of Texas, we understand how important it is for the planet and your utility bills to save energy in your home. We have resources for you that will help you discover ways you can work on your energy conservation efforts and get your children involved at the same time. Children can become members of the…

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How To Perform An At-Home Energy Survey

Whether we recognize it or not, the modern world has become extremely reliant on using energy resources on a daily basis. From turning on lights throughout the house to washing dishes and everything in between, we use electricity, water, gas, and other resources throughout our everyday lives. This energy usage, however, can result in higher utility bills and a drain on non-renewable resources that will eventually run out.  Most of the time, we don’t even realize the amount of energy we are using during the course of our day. When we enter a room, we often flip the lightswitch whether or not it is totally dark in the room. Good hygiene requires that we take a bath or shower every day, brush our teeth twice per day, and wash our hands on a regular basis. While those actions are great for staying healthy, they may also use a lot of…

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Our Favorite Watt Watchers Energy Saving Summertime Activities

Just because your child is not in school during the summer, it does not mean that the learning should not continue, especially when it comes to lessons and activities about energy conservation. At Watt Watchers of Texas, we know how critical it is that you are able to teach your kids about the importance of saving energy at home and how to do that. We have designed some great summertime energy saving activities that you can do at home with your children to help demonstrate to them some of the lessons about energy they learned in school. And don’t forget to remind them that they are still a part of the Watt Watchers Student Patrol Program! They are helping Lil’ Tex and Ann stop the Wasters Gang’s from stealing energy around your home. Be sure they are remembering to check the house for wasted energy like turning off the lights…

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Eating Your Fruits and Vegetables (Even If They're "Ugly")

We are all told from a very young age that it is essential for our growing bodies to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables in order to stay healthy and happy. We may not always like the fruits or vegetables that our parents try to get us to eat, but they are still important and contain plenty of nutrients that our bodies need. What we are likely not told about is the amount of energy it takes to actually grow, store, and prepare those fruits and vegetables. If you have ever tried to grow a garden in your backyard or even in a window box, you are probably aware that it takes time, energy, and plenty of water to get plants to grow. Some vegetables and fruits are heartier than others and require less water in order to thrive and produce, but others consume lots of water and sunshine. Take…

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Free Energy Homeschooling Resources

Becoming more energy efficient is a task that everyone should actively participate in and understand why it is important. While adults can clearly see the benefits of energy efficiency reflected in their utility bills, children may have a more difficult time understanding the significance. But that does not mean they should not play their part! If you are homeschooling your children and would like to incorporate energy conservation lessons and activities into your curriculum, contact Watt Watchers of Texas today. At Watt Watchers of Texas, we believe that introducing kids of all ages to the benefits of energy efficiency--both for the planet and for our bills--is essential if they are to maintain an energy-efficient culture. For those Texas residents who homeschool their children and are looking for free homeschooling resources for energy education, we have developed free homeschooling resources you can use to educate your kids about saving energy. Free…

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Energy Education Resources for Homeschooling

There are hundreds of energy resources available online to help you homeschool. While some are behind a paywall, we're happy to keep providing the Watt Watchers program for free during this time thanks to the generosity and support from our sponsors and partners. You may be intimidated by the very idea of homeschooling. However, it's an excellent opportunity to bond with your kids while teaching them all about the importance of energy and energy conservation. In this blog, we'll take a look at what the electricity curriculum looks like for kids aged 6 – 18 (this includes elementary, middle school, and high school) and show you some of the best science and energy resources you can use to homeschool your children. Homeschool Electricity Curriculum The central aspect of homeschooling to keep in mind is that you need to keep the lessons and activities age-appropriate. Every child is different, so take…

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Changing Air Filters

Heating and cooling consume about half of the energy in an average household. Therefore, knowing smart ways to make decisions about your heating and ventilating systems can impact your utility bills greatly. Replacing a dirty filter, for example, is a simple way to increase the efficiency of your cooling or heating system, decrease the cost of your utility bill, and increase the life of your HVAC unit.

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What Is Energy Education and How Do We Use It?

Energy conservation is an extremely important topic, and everyone--no matter their age--needs to be aware of how to conserve energy, why to conserve energy, and what the outcome of a successful conservation program will be. While it is true that adults are in charge of such things as paying the bills and other aspects of energy use, it does not mean that children should be excluded from conservation efforts and education. At Watt Watchers of Texas, we are dedicated to helping schools and families save energy and money. One of the first ways to enact a conservation effort is to educate those involved (adults and children) about energy, how it’s used, and why it’s important to conserve. This is why we have developed the Student Patrol Program. How To Effectively Teach Students About Energy  Depending on the age of the students involved, what energy is and how energy conservation works…

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Ways to Save Energy in the Classroom

Looking for new ways to teach your class how to save energy at school? Watt Watchers can help! It is more important than ever before to protect our environment by conserving energy in any and every way we can. From our homes to our children’s schools, conservation efforts should be enacted to save valuable resources and prevent further pollution of our air, water, and earth. Our goal is to teach children the importance of energy savings from a young age. In addition to the natural advantages of energy conservation, there are also monetary benefits for your school or school district. Save Money on Energy Bills at School It’s a common occurrence that people get distracted by activities they are doing throughout their daily lives and forget to do something simple such as turn off lights when they leave a room. While teaching children effective ways to save energy at school…

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Celebrate Texas Independence Day

Watt Watchers is an energy efficiency program designed to help schools and families save energy and money. Over the decades, Texas school districts that participate in the Watt Watcher energy patrols have saved thousands (and, in some cases, hundreds of thousands) of dollars in energy costs each year. Celebrate Texas Independence Day with Watt Watchers Another event that’s coming up is Texas Independence Day.  March 2, 1836, Texas adopted the Texas Declarations of Independence which officially declared Texas independent from Mexico.  This document was signed by 59 delegates and marked a monumental moment in Texas history.  Sam Houston Day is also observed on March 2, to celebrate the birth of an important leader, Sam Houston, of the Texas Revolution. Texas is too good to waste so let’s save energy together as we celebrate our history and independence.  Let’s take care of Texas by promoting the use of renewable energy through our…

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Recycling Valentine’s Day Cards

Watt Watchers is an energy efficiency program designed to help schools and families save energy and money. Over the decades, Texas school districts that participate in the Watt Watcher energy patrols have saved thousands (and, in some cases, hundreds of thousands) of dollars in energy costs each year. Valentine’s Day Card Recycling Each year on February 14, people often will exchange cards, letters, candy, or flowers with their friends or special valentines.  Valentine’s day, or St. Valentine’s Day, was named after a mysterious saint named St. Valentine. The story of how Valentine’s Day came to be is still in some ways a mystery.  However, we do know that it likely originated from ancient Roman rituals of Lupercalia that aimed to welcome in the spring season with card-giving customs.  Now, students and adults across the U.S. and other countries often celebrate Valentine’s day through various means including the exchange of paper cards.…

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Renewable Energy Institute

On January 27, the Renewable Energy Institute will be taking place to cover areas like law, economics, technology, finance, tax, and regulatory policy.  This conference is aimed at industry participants, legal and financial advisors, and key legislative and regulatory policymakers and staff seeking to learn more about changes to energy laws. The way we are able to utilize and have access to our natural resources is constantly changing.  From a student perspective, it is important that they understand natural resources are not evenly distributed across the United States or ever across Texas. Coal, for example, is one natural resource that can be found in Texas.  The Mining for Coal activity highlights different types of coal and where the different types of coal can be found in the United States.  As regulations are dynamic and our natural resources our limited, it’s important that students understand where some of these valuable resources…

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Celebrating James Watt

James Watt, a Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer, chemist, and creator of the Watt steam engine was born on January 19, 1736. A watt, the SI unit of power, equivalent to one joule per second, was named after James Watt. In addition, Watt’s contributions were fundamental to the Industrial Revolution around the world.  The Industrial Revolution contributed to an unprecedented rise in the rate of population growth and massive urbanization.   To allow students to gain a better understanding of the differences between urban and rural areas, the Food Desert Maps activity defines what classifies an area as urbanized today.  Furthermore, this activity provides an opportunity for students to learn more about food deserts.  For the past several decades, the middle class migrated to the suburbs from city centers taking their grocery stores with them, leaving only convenience stores. These stores commonly lack an abundance of whole and unprocessed foods, meaning many…

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Water, Texas Film Festival

The Water, Texas Film Festival is a film festival that aims to bring awareness to the vital roles water plays in our daily lives.  Our limited supply of water is used for countless things such as brushing our teeth, going for a swim, or watering our plants.  This film festival is a unique opportunity for aspiring filmmakers, Youtubers, or influencers to submit films that focus on water in Texas in some way. This activity is perfect project-based learning activity for high school students. Some sample film topics and submission guidelines are included on our Water Texas Film Festival activity page.  Water is everywhere and this is an opportunity to communicate how impactful water is to society through the creation of diverse, informative, unique, funny, and thought-provoking films which can be shared with others across the state and nation.     

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Texas Solar Summit

This December, the Texas Solar Summit will be taking place to create a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together the most talented and driven professionals in solar.  Solar energy is important because it is an energy type that involves capturing the sun’s energy using a range of ever-evolving technologies such as solar heating, solar thermal energy, solar architecture, and artificial photosynthesis.  There are many different types of energy sources, including light energy and heat energy.  Solar energy is unique because it creates both heat energy and light energy.  The Solar Oven S’mores Project is a fun activity to allow students to experience the types of energy the sun creates.  This activity, designed primarily for grades K – 2, requires marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate pieces, aluminum foil, a cardboard box, and a large piece of cardboard.  By following our instructions of how to build a solar oven, students can explore the purposes…

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National Science Teaching Association Convention

In November, the National Science Teaching Association has a convention for teachers to explore thousands of resources, lesson plans, articles, book chapters, and more.  At Watt Watchers of Texas, we want to empower teachers by providing them with a library of student activities that supplement an energy conservation and energy efficiency curriculum.  These exercises are designed to reinforce teacher and learning through tangible actions in students’ everyday lives. Our activities each relate to a topic of either electricity, water, materials, cooling & heating, transportation, and food.  We wanted to take some time to highlight an activity called Where Does the Sun Shine.  This activity explores the potential of generating electricity from solar power in the United States.  Primarily designed for middle school students, this activity shows how natural resources are not evenly distributed across the United States through a series of 15 minute procedures. As teachers take time to explore…

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CAST 19 Conference

In Dallas from November 21-23, the CAST 19 conference will be taking place. CAST is one of the nation’s premier science and education conferences.  As over 5,000 passionate attendees gather together to experience three-days of everything science featuring the latest trends, cutting-edge resources, and amazing activities, we wanted to highlight a Watt Watchers of Texas activity that focuses on interdisciplinary challenges in science, engineering, and resource management. The Grand Challenges activity explores a list of problems in order of importance to society according to Richard Smalley, beginning with energy and moving through water, food, environment, poverty, terrorism and war, disease, education, democracy, and population. Through this activity, students are encouraged to create a robust report investigating and analyzing one of the major global issues of students’ choosing. 

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Texas Energy Summit

The 16th annual Texas Energy Summit, an education conference and business expo, will be taking place from November 12-14.  This year, the 2019 Texas Energy Summit will be hosted by the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) which is a division of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Stations (TEES).  During the Texas Energy Summit, session such as “Electrifying Transportation” and “Electric Buses” will be taking place to initiate conversations and informational discussions about the future of transportation.  Transportation is important and impacts the lives of many students.  Our Modeling Public Transportation activity is an opportunity for  students to identify the capacity of different modes of transportation.  This activity takes a problem-solving approach to move individuals from one place to another.  In addition, if students are beginning to explore algebraic representation, there is an opportunity to extend the procedure of this activity into mathematical expressions.  Visit our website for more information about this…

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Power and Renewables Summit

On October 29 & 30 the Power and Renewables Summit will be taking place in Austin as energy leaders across the energy value chain join together for conversations on how renewables are causing a shift in power markets and are creating opportunities relating to decarbonization.  Despite advances in technology, today, the global economy consumes most of its energy though only four technologies: the steam turbine, gas turbine, gasoline engine, and diesel engine.  As new technology is developing, it has become increasingly important to educate students about the timeline of events relating to both the new and old energy technologies.  Our Energy Technologies: Change Over Time activity is a 20-30 minute activity that allows students to explore major energy conversion devices and create a timeline that illustrates the pace the energy landscape changes over time.  As the energy landscape is transforming rapidly, let’s take time to appreciate and recognize major advancements…

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TAEE Annual Conference 2019

On September 27 & 28 the Texas Association of Environment Education (TAEE) conference will be taking place in Galveston as a way for educators to celebrate Environmental Education in Texas.  The TAEE conference envisions residents who possess the knowledge, skills, attitudes and commitment to be stewards of the unique resources of Texas.  In spirit of helping to share applicable tools and ideas that help save the environment, we wanted to highlight an activity focused on educating students about recycling. Sometimes students are unsure of which materials can be recycled and which cannot. There are lots of common recyclable materials such as paper, plastic, and metal which get thrown away because students are not aware that they can be recycled. Our Learn What’s Recyclable activity is designed for K-5 students to teach them about recycling symbols, how to clean their recycling, and ways to reuse.  There are so many ways to…

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Energy Awareness Month

Since 1991, October has been recognized as National Energy Awareness Month.  Energy Awareness Month was created to encourage governments and organizations to raise awareness of the importance of sustainably managing the nation’s energy resources.  This year, the Department of Energy is focusing on strengthening the resilience of our federal facilities through energy optimization and enhanced cybersecurity. Every action campus-wide or at individual students’ homes contributes towards energy saving possibilities.  Our Keep Your Cool Naturally activity helps encourage students to be more aware of their energy usage and energy waste. This activity designed for students grades 3-5 teaches students about how to be conscious of cooling their homes and some key ways to keep their houses cool naturally, saving energy and money!

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Back to School

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…

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Set Your Patrol Goals

As you're planning the new year of student patrols, think of the following questions: Where, when and how often will the Watt Watchers patrol? Consider times when classrooms are normally empty such as lunch, recess, before and after school. Which rooms and areas will be included? Will any areas be off limits? Do you want to include doors, windows, ceiling fans, computers or other wasters? How will the bathrooms, stage areas, teacher’s workroom, offices and closets be handled? Where will the Watt Watcher patrols pick up and store their supplies? What extra supplies will you need? These are all things that you will need to decide before setting up your team of patrols. In addition to those logistical plans, consider working together with other teachers, administration, or across schools in your district on Student Patrols goals for the coming school year. Evaluate those goals periodically and don't shy away from…

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Keeping the School Cool

As you and your students are preparing for coming back to school for a new year, remember the daunting task for the school administration, energy managers, and facilities staff of preparing the school for you. One of the biggest challenges and opportunities each year is taking the school back to normal operating temperature. Even if the air conditioners are not shut off for the break, there's a big difference between cooling empty facilities and cooling those full of excited learners. And it's a monumental task. Some schools and utility operators estimate that cooling K-12 schools claims roughly 35% of those buildings’ overall electricity consumption, by and large the greatest percentage of any end use. These costs mount, but cutting them cuts the quality of life for students and teachers. Fortunately, air conditioning powered by electricity is not the only way to keep cool in school. The Watt Watchers of Texas…

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New Tools for a New Year

In the coming school year, the Watt Watchers team is piloting digital tools for the Student Patrols program. The tried and true resources will continue to be available on the Resources page. If you are interested in becoming a pilot school for the new digital tools, please contact us at contact@watt-watchers.com.

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Water, Texas Open for Entries

If you're looking for an interdisciplinary project-based activity to kick start your new school year, look no further than the Water Texas Film Festival. Any aspiring filmmakers, YouTubers, or influencers will find their talents uniquely suited to this media challenge. Even those with less experience will find that the tools for production and distribution are right at their fingertips. Also, this activity addresses TEKS for not only social studies but also for the A/V Technology and Communications strand that was implemented in the 2017-2018 school year. There's still one month left of open submissions for the Water Texas Film Festival presented by the Texas Water Foundation. Films eligible for a prize must focus on water in the state of Texas, be less than 10 minutes in length, and be submitted by September 1, 2019. For more information visit the Water Texas Film Festival online.

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Templates Available

The Student Patrol Program is the heart of the Watt Watchers of Texas. Your students will join Lil’ Tex and Ann as official Watt Watchers, helping to save Texas by rounding up the Wasters Gang. We’ve made lots of templates for you to use here. Print out name badges for the Watt Watchers to wear on patrol. Print tickets or door hangers for the patrol to leave when the find energy being wasted or saved. Print copies of the Patrol Record and Patrol Record Guide to use during patrols. While you're preparing for your new school year, check out the Resources page to get your templates downloaded today and the revised Teachers' Guide to aid your planning.

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Breaking Records

One year ago today, Texas set a new record for electricity demand, surpassing the previous record set in August of 2016. For the first time ever, the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) the organization that operates and maintains the Texas electrical grid, reported an hourly peak load of 72,192 megawatts (MW). ERCOT expected the record-breaking demand and prepared for the situation with their planned demand response mechanisms, which support the electricity market every day of the year. You can read more about the record breaking surge and ERCOT's relationship with the grid at their website.

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Hot Texas Summers

Texas knows heat, and the long summer pushes demand higher and higher through the summer months. Air conditioning contributes a large portion of demand for electricity every summer (and some winters too), but that's not the whole story. In addition to air conditioning, there are lots of ways around the house (and school) where we use energy. We turn on appliances and walk through rooms every day without a thought to where the electricity comes from, or how much they are using. The Home Energy Survey and Energy Checklist are ways to make the students aware of what they are using throughout the day. Some things to consider include: Temperature: changing the temperature on the thermostat.Windows: caulking, curtains, draft doggiesWater Heater: water heater blankets cost $15-20 and are easy to installLight bulbs: CFL bulbs use less energy and are relatively inexpensive.Leaving lights on: change in habit, reminder notes Check the Home Energy Survey for the full activity instructions.

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Teach the Teacher from KLRN

Watt Watchers has partnered with KLRN, San Antonio's public television affiliate, to offer professional development directly related to Watt Watchers. Attendance at KLRN sessions earns continuing education credit for Texas teachers. Training sessions scheduled for over the summer are currently being scheduled, so subscribe to our newsletter near the bottom of the home page or check back here for new information as we finalize plans. For any questions on implementation or instructional support between sessions, email the team at contact@watt-watchers.com.

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Public Transportation

During the school year, students could arrive to school by car, by bus, or even walking or by bike. Even over the summer, many cities leverage buses as part of their public transportation strategy in order to keep people mobile while reducing pollution and community costs. The Watt Watchers team has prepared an activity that looks at the difference between private cars and public buses for local transportation. This activity looks at fuel mileage and efficiency of different modes of transportation. What's Your Mode?

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Tire Efficiency

Once school is out, lots of families hit the road through the summer months. Whether by car, train, or plane, lots of Texans take advantage of the wide open space to travel and explore new places. Watt Watchers is taking the month of June to look at transportation. Looking first at private automobiles, America is driving around on under-inflated tires, according to a recent survey. Under-inflated tires lower gas mileage, wasting millions of dollars each year. Under-inflated tires are also a major safety hazard. Thousands of accidents each year may be caused by poor handling due to under inflated tires. Watt Watchers has two activities focused on auto tire pressure, which are appropriate for school or home use. And other activities relating to transportation are collected under the Transportation theme.

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Renewable Generation in Texas

From Houston's energy corridor to Dallas, Texas is known as a big energy state. Many know the state ranks highly in oil and gas production (and consumption) but everyone should know about Texas's strong renewable sector. For example, Texas leads the country in wind-powered electricity generation.¹ However, solar, conventional hydro, municipal solid waste, wood waste, and biomass all contribute to the Texas's energy landscape. The U.S. Energy Information Administration collects data and analysis regarding national and state energy statistics. You can find all of this publicly on their website. https://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=TX

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Know Your Renewables

The Watt Watchers focus for the month of May is Renewable Energy. Here's a list of all the activities related to renewable energy that are part of the Watt Watchers archive. Solar PowerGeothermal EnergyHydropowerWindBiomass Each of these activities references Energy 101: Energy Technology & Policy. Access to Energy 101 for Texas students and teachers is provided for free by the State Energy Conservation Office as part of the Watt Watchers of Texas program. Read more about the sponsorship and request access today.

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TEMA Conference 2019

The Texas Energy Managers Association Conference begins tomorrow in Waco, Texas. If you’ve registered for the conference, join the Watt Watchers team as we review the past year of developments and look forward to new developments in the future. This conference celebrates the tenth year of educating and building community for Texas Energy Managers, and we’re happy to be a part of it. The Watt Watchers team will provide two sessions across two days to share updates and collect feedback. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

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What's On For Your Earth Day?

Earth Day (22 April 2019) is a global event mobilizing millions of people around the world into political and civic participation. Organizations and individuals in more than 190 countries around the world march, sign petitions, meet with elected officials, plant trees, and clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and public sector agencies time their pledges and sustainability measures to this auspicious day. Look around for opportunities to engage students, parents, and other community leaders on the issues, and check the Earth Day Network for pledges and actions you can implement locally as part of a global initiative. In the next week, set realistic goals for your class, your sports team, or your school and see how you can make a difference.

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Itron’s Week of Resourcefulness from Discovery Education

Discovery Education and Itron, Inc. have teamed up to launch the 2019 Week of Resourcefulness. They will launch a brand new STEM investigation every day of the week. The investigations will be designed for teacher-directed, activity based learning, and they will explore the unexpected connections between energy and water. They will release a companion guide to continue the learning at home. Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World also contains a virtual field trip focusing on smart cities with a fully developed educator guide and links to additional resources. All content is created in partnership between Discovery Education and Itron with the goal of promoting energy-water literacy and conservation efforts through the innovative use of technology.

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More About Recycling

Ever wonder what happens to those materials when they go into the blue bin? On today’s Global Recycling Day, take your students the step farther and explore what comes next. Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council created a succinct online reference and game that explains the rest of the recycling lifecycle. Build your own municipal sorting facility (MSF) by placing different sorting machines along a conveyor in the Super Sorter Game. Follow steel cans, cardboard boxes, cartons, and glass bottles on their way back into your life in the Recycling Journey. With each experience, ask your class if the outcome is expected or if recycling still has some surprises.

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Global Recycling Day

The Global Recycling Foundation created Global Recycling Day in 2018 in an effort to get more individuals engaged with the concept of recyclables being a resource rather than waste. Falling on 18 March every year, Global Recycling Day is an opportunity for individuals across your school and community to become laser focused on what they are doing to recycle. Look around for opportunities to engage students, parents, and other community leaders on the issues, and check the website (linked above) maintained by the Bureau of International Recycling for resources and educational materials for your stakeholders. In the next week, set realistic goals for your class, your sports team, or your school and see how you can make a difference.

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Turning Trash Into Treasures

Conservation isn’t always about using less. Especially when looking at materials, conservation can take the form of using something for another purpose in order to reduce the overall burden of waste entering landfills. Consider ways to reuse material waste, such as projects celebrating creative expression. One of the Watt Watchers activities developed as part of the relaunch outlines different ways to reuse common waste materials to tell creative stories or to illustrate scenes from history or literature. Aligned for students from kindergarten through middle school, this interdisciplinary activity looking at Junk Art is sure to provide stimulating context for reusing old materials in new ways.

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Join the Ambassadors

If you are using the original version of the Watt Watchers materials or the new version currently being released, then you may be interested in becoming a Watt Watchers ambassador. This informal group of educators, energy managers, and other stakeholders meets remotely via teleconference about once per month to discuss the progress of the project, to swap lessons learned and success stories, and to provide valuable suggestions from users to inform the development of the program moving forward. Participation in the ambassadors program is one way to make your mark on this exciting revitalization of a popular program. Reach out via email to contact@watt-watchers.com in order to join our distribution list. You’ll receive regular updates and meeting invitations that you can join as your schedule permits. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Teaching the Language of Energy

One of the obstacles to becoming an energy expert is that the energy sector uses specialized vocabulary. Becoming fluent in energy requires mastering the terminology and its nuances. There are many different background terms, units, and phrases that need to be mastered on the way toward fluency. For example, understanding the difference between primary and secondary energy is key to understanding many technical and policy discussions around energy at the global and local levels. Watt Watchers features an interactive lesson designed specifically for this purpose, available as part of the suite of new materials designed for the launch of Watt Watchers of Texas. Energy Resources: Primary vs. Secondary is aligned to sixth grade Texas standards. The activity includes a handy infographic and a drag-and-drop activity to jump start your journey toward energy literacy.

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