The Utah Municipal Power Agency-Energy Education program is a collaborative partnership between the Utah Municipal Power Agency and the National Energy Foundation (NEF). The program objective is to expand and promote energy awareness through an educational program and to obtain actual energy savings through student and educator household use of energy knowledge, activities, and reminders. The target audience is fifth-grade students and their teachers within the cities of Levan, Manti, Nephi, Provo, Salem and Spanish Fork. This includes approximately 28 schools, 90 teachers, 2,400 students and their families.
The program includes two components. The first is a fifth-grade energy assembly centered around energy basics, energy conservation and information on peak demand time. The second is a school to the home component, where students take home a packet containing Energy Action Challenge, a set of three Save Energy Magnets, and a set of Turn it Off Stickers. These items allow families to participate in energy activities and gain helpful knowledge of the energy that they use.
The UMPA Home Energy Worksheet Survey is another important part of the education program. The survey asked parents about home electricity use, their utilization of peak demand magnets and Turn it Off Stickers that were given during the presentation and general questions regarding attitudes toward energy use.
Testimonials on Success of the National Energy Foundation Program
First, this program is taught annually to students in the 5th grade by their teachers; it is a part of their overall education. Second, these students are able to see the value it brings and are anxious to apply what they learned in their own homes. Most, if not all parents, appreciate to some extent the desire their children have to implement some of the conservation methods within their own homes. Third, by educating those young minds about the earth’s resources and how to be good stewards through common sense conservation methods, we are setting a pattern for future generations to follow.
From such little efforts of many can substantial and lasting results be achieved.