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 Students Get Fun Lessons in Energy Conservation

A partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education, Energy Upgrade California, and NBC 7 San Diego, will bring important lessons about energy conservation into local schools.

By visiting elementary schools throughout the county, SDCOE's Outdoor Education team will bring science lessons to life and encourage 4th- and 5th-graders to make a difference.

"We can reach students and their families throughout the whole spectrum with this partnership," said Amy Tran, science outreach program assistant. "A student can be a part of this initiative by doing something as little as turning off the lights or plugging the sink when washing the dishes."

Through interactive assemblies and an educational bingo game, students will learn how energy works and how we use energy in our daily lives. The California Bear—of state flag fame—will attend the assemblies to add to the fun, and there will be games and prizes for everyone.

Students who win one of the bingo games will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize. A lucky 4th- and 5th-grader will receive an iPad or a bicycle, be on television at NBC 7 San Diego, and receive an SDSU Aztec surprise package that includes receiving recognition before an Aztec football game.

Assemblies will be held between Oct. 21 and 28 at Holmes and Encanto elementary schools in San Diego, Naranca Elementary School in El Cajon, La Costa Meadows Elementary School in Carlsbad, and Rohr Elementary School in Chula Vista.

Coming up Nov. 2 to 15, it's your turn to help California stay golden. NBC 7 and Energy Upgrade California are partnering to give you a chance to win an Energy Star Appliance valued at up to $2,000, and we will be giving away 100 home energy kits. Follow NBC 7 on Facebook for details and to enter for your chance to win starting Nov. 2.

Energy Upgrade California is a state initiative to help Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources. Kids can lead the charge in helping their families learn about ways to reduce energy waste. We will show them how with all kinds of tips and tricks.

Here are some tips:

  • Open the curtains or blinds on winter days
  • Adjust your refrigerator's temperature – the colder the temp the more energy it uses, so set your thermostat between 35 and 38 degrees
  • Keep your freezer full
  • Take 5 minute showers to save both water and energy