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Energy Revolution: Our Energy Efficiency in Schools Program

Live Theatre Teaches Children

Sustainable energy is important to our community and our future. We use live theater to teach children the importance of conservation in a unique and memorable way.

Duke Energy is proud to partner with The National Theatre for Children (NTC) to promote conservation and energy-efficiency education for grades K-8 in its service communities. This organization uses professional actors to teach students about energy efficiency through engaging, comical and informative live theater sketches.

Each performance also includes grade-appropriate workbooks for each student, comprehensive teacher guides, internet activities and classroom posters. After the show, students are encouraged to have their parents sign up to receive a free home energy-efficiency kit to continue reinforcing the importance of energy conservation, and to help them understand how it can translate into practical applications in their homes.

The Energy Efficiency in Schools program is currently available in the following service territories:

Map of Service Area and School Districts
Energy Efficiency Kit

It’s smart energy.

Many students who participated in this school program requested Energy Efficiency kits be mailed to their homes after the performance.

Take the first steps toward saving energy and money, and demonstrating the importance of energy efficiency at home, by installing the easy-to use items shown below. These free products will help you improve your energy use with:

Lighting
Just one ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb can save about $40 or more in electricity costs over its lifetime. Don’t wait until your existing light bulbs burn out to jump-start the savings. Replace your two most frequently used incandescent light bulbs today!

Heating and Cooling
Stop air leaks from drafty electrical outlets and light switch covers – you can save money and increase your comfort.

Hot Water
Faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads reduce both the amount of water needed and the energy used to heat it. According to ENERGY STAR, water heating accounts for 14 percent of the average utility bill. That’s more than the average cost of lighting on an energy bill.

Teachers and Students Rave

Rave reviews.

We could tell you about how The National Theatre for Children (NTC) program is received in our communities, but no one would describe it better than the students and teachers who experienced and enjoyed it.

This fantastic, high-energy program not only kept my children entertained but also taught them valuable information that can be used at school and at home. Thank you! The kiddos had a blast!

– Gini Sellers, Kindergarten teacher, Lincoln Charter School, Denver, NC

The program kept the children’s attention. It was very informative and enjoyable. My own child (he’s 6) couldn’t wait to complete the booklet. He was also very excited about signing up for the energy kit. Great show! Awesome actors!

– Lynn Wicker, third-grade teacher, Boundary Street Elementary, Newberry, SC

The actors engaged the children and were able to reach even our non-English speakers with their gestures and visual aids. A very nice program. Thank you.

– Robin Robb, first-grade teacher, Ecole Francaise Bilingue, Greenville, SC

The actors were GREAT! Their enthusiasm was contagious and the kids (and teachers) really enjoyed them. I think the message was clear and easy to understand… nice job!

– Terri Baroch, fourth-grade teacher, Freedom Elementary School, West Chester, OH

Excellent job. Great performers and great curriculum taught in a fun way the kids will remember.

– Sara Jones, third-grade teacher, Indian Hill Elementary, Cincinnati, OH

This was one of the BEST educational and FUN assemblies I have attended in my 30+ years of teaching. Wow!!

– Deb Hogue, fourth-grade teacher, Kramer Elementary, Oxford, OH

This was a fantastic performance - short enough to keep students engaged and fun enough to keep them interested through the entire skit! BRAVO!

– Beth Davis, fifth-grade teacher, Kramer, Oxford, OH

Great presentation. Very informative, energetic and on grade level.

– Gregg Iverson, eigth-grade teacher, Welborn Academy of Science & Technology, High Point, NC