Joseph Sears School
Updated: July 22, 2012 6:03AM
The sixth Annual SaveOurEnergy Contest is the most successful yet. Three hundred and ninety eight participants in 27 classes at Joseph Sears School signed up to save electricity at home, up from 282 participants in 2011.
Tied for the first place are Ms. Benson’s third period science class which consists of seventh and eighth grade students, Ms. Friedman’s third grade class, and Mrs. Sahn’s third grade class. This is the first time more than one class have won. Each winning class has the most students who saved five percent or more of electricity at home during the Earth Day month in April.
The response this year has been tremendous. This is the first year the contest is extended down to the first grade. Having multiple students in a family participating in the contest helps them remind each other to save. Reminder stickers were also given out to be placed near the light switch and the computer. Students were instructed to turn off lights when leaving a room, unplug chargers when done, and turn off computers at the power strip before going to bed.
ComEd supplied the Kenilworth usage data to help determine who actually saved at home. The Winnetka data was supplied by the parents. Based on ComEd emissions statement, the participants kept 19 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into our atmosphere.