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The School Energy Program

School Energy Pledge Program

Duquesne Light Company is bringing a unique energy education and savings program to elementary (K-5) schools in Allegheny and Beaver counties.

A kick-off assembly features a short, informative video designed to educate students on the importance of energy efficiency and to inspire them to take actions in their own homes. Hands-on follow-up lessons link classroom concepts with practical applications. Students then receive a pledge form to take home and discuss with their families.

Families are asked to sign the pledge form, promising to install energy-saving measures in the home. Once a household pledges to take energy-saving actions, Duquesne Light will send a free Watt Choices kit (limit one kit per household). The energy-savings kits includes:
 

 
  • Five Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Two LED Night Lights
  • Weather Stripping
  • Furnace Whistle
  • Energy Saving Information


Students learn how to reduce energy consumption by helping to install the energy-saving items in their homes. The school receives a donation from Duquesne Light for each household that participates.

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Tips to save energy

 

 
 

  • Replace your incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs use ¼ of the energy traditional bulbs use.
     
  • Turn off your lights and TVs when you're done using them. These are easy ways to save energy and money!
     
  • Is there insulation in your attic? Insulation keeps your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. A minimum depth of 8 to 10 inches of insulation works best to manage heating and cooling
     
  • Do you close your drapes and blinds when the sun goes down? Closing the drapes and blinds during winter months helps cut heat loss at night.
     
  • Is your thermostat set correctly? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 68 degrees is the recommended setting if the heat is on. If you have air conditioning, the recommended setting is 78 degrees.