Eighth grade students in Tara Supers' class at the Newcomerstown Middle School learned the importance of saving energy, especially in home lighting costs.

NMS teaching students to save energy, money

Newcomerstown Middle School Science teachers Donna Yoder and Tara Supers attended a workshop in October at the Zanesville AEP Power Plant that provided them with a curriculum guide and materials to incorporate the Ohio Energy Project into their eighth grade science classes.

Students, who had permission from their parents to accept the OEP kit (provided free of charge from American Electric Power), will eventually receive $70 worth of free materials, after the proper installation and curriculum has been presented in the classroom, to replace the old with the new in their own homes.

At this point, students have received two 23 W light bulbs, each of which are the equivalent of a 100 W. A Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) provides 10,000 hours of light compared to an Incandescent Light (IL) that provides only 750 hours.

The students have learned that the savings of one 23 W CFL compared to 13 - 100 W IL bulbs is $77.88.

Students also replaced two other bulbs in their homes with two new 13 W bulbs. The two new 13 W bulbs produce 12,000 hours of light for each bulb. Students also installed a new LED nightlight that costs only $.02 per year and can last up to 80 years. Eighth grade science students are currently learning about insulation and heat and will be receiving draft stoppers, door sweeps and weather stripping to install in their homes, which should help with winter heating bills.

Students are encouraged to take pictures at home and bring them in so that we may add your photos to our scrapbooks for the energy project.