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1 CenterPoint Energy Sustainable Schools Program August 2012 – June 2013 School Year

2 2 Program Overview  Energy conservation program offered by CenterPoint Energy at no cost for selected high schools  Program goals are to: –Raise awareness for energy conservation –Change behavior to have a positive impact on the environment –Promote energy savings  1 st School Year: August 2012 – June 2013

3 3 Program Services  Work with staff to promote energy efficiency awareness school-wide  Educational material and activities are provided for participating students (high school physical science) on: –Concept of energy –Understanding of energy conservation –Methods of reducing energy consumption  Educational materials are designed to align with TEKS guidelines

4 4 Program Services (cont’d)  Applied activities enhance the lessons: –School building energy audits –Home energy conservation activities –Round table discussions –Promotional initiatives  Training & on-going support provided for participating teachers  Select schools receive expert energy assessment targeting low-cost operational changes

5 5 School Energy Audits  Each participating school is loaned a basic energy audit kit  Participating teachers conduct energy audits with their students  Students create energy audit reports School Kit Contents: - Light meter - Watt meter - Infrared temperature sensor - Incandescent light bulb - Compact fluorescent light bulb - Screw-in adapters

6 6 Customer Eligibility  High schools (9 th – 12 th grades)  Public or private schools  CenterPoint Energy’s electric service territory  Commitment for active participation in the Program  Significant energy savings potential (for expert energy assessment)  CenterPoint Energy approval (limited enrollment this year)

7 7 Program Benefits  Requires no financial obligation for schools  Educates and empowers students  Helps schools achieve energy & cost savings  Provides innovative lessons & activities  Provides teacher training & support  Encourages environmentally-conscious behavior  Promotes school’s accomplishments

8 8 School’s Responsibilities  Identify staff to participate in the Program  Ensure participation of staff and students  Encourage energy conservation awareness throughout the school  Ensure proper use of program materials  Implementation of Owner-selected low cost energy efficiency improvements  Promote the school’s Program success within the community

9 9 Program Responsibilities  Provide educational materials & recommended activities on energy conservation  Provide training & on-going support to appropriate school staff  Provide school energy audit kit for student audits  Provide expert energy assessment of select schools to identify low cost improvements  Provide assistance in promoting the school’s Program success within the community

10 10 Program Steps  Fill out & submit customer application  If approved, sign Memorandum of Understanding  Attend kick-off meeting/teacher training  Conduct the Program at the school -Classroom lessons -Classroom activities -At-home activities -School-wide initiatives  Promote Program success community-wide

11 11 Contact Information  Willdan Energy Solutions Project Manager Jennifer Varnau  CenterPoint Energy Project Manager Cheryl Bowman

12 12 Questions?


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