I hear you’re learning all about energy at school. My name is Lindsey and I work at The Environmental Center. (That’s me over there on the left). My job is to teach people about energy. There are a lot of people in Bend though, so I’m really glad that I can now count on you to help me get the word out.
As you’ve learned, energy is a super important resource that a lot of us tend to waste at home, school, and work. However, as you’ve also learned, it’s super easy to conserve energy too! Most people don’t realize that they are wasting energy and that it costs them a lot of money, so our job is to help show them some areas where they can really start to see some savings!
What did you learn from your Energy Assessment of your home? Did you find ways to save energy? If you’ve tried any of them out at home, let us know so that we can tally up how much energy your class is saving!
Road map to getting certified
We take Energy Saver certification seriously, so in order to get there, each 6th grader in Bend will complete a 4-part education series on energy.
Lesson 1–All about Energy
We’ll learn about what energy is, how it’s transformed, and about renewable and nonrenewable resources.
Lesson 2–Where Our Energy Comes From
We will explore different energy systems and energy resources and their impacts.
Lesson 3–Electricity and You
What is electricity and how much do we use? We’ll learn how we measure electricity and each student will take home an energy assessment to complete at home.
Lesson 4–Become an Energy Saver–Calculating Home Energy Use and Cost
This class evaluates data from students’ home energy assessments. Then students will make recommendations of ways they can conserve and cut electricity costs in their own homes.
Energy-Saving Resources to try out at your house
One of the easiest ways to really cut back on energy waste is with efficient lighting. Today’s LED (short for light emitting diode) bulbs use 7 to 8 times less energy than a conventional incandescent bulb.
Right now, The Bend Energy Challenge has a special program where you can get up to 16 LED light bulbs installed in your home FOR FREE! Learn more and sign up here!
Learn more about efficient lighting and how to shop for your new bulbs here.
Free Energy Saver Kits
If you are a Pacific Power or Cascade Natural Gas customer, you can sign up for a free Energy Saver Kit that will be delivered to your door in 4 weeks or less!
There are lots of no-cost and low-cost tips that can help you slash energy bills at your house. You can check out a list of some of our favorite projects on our DIY page.
Sign up today to get an energy assessment from one of our local certified contractors here in Bend. They’re not scary, but they might find some scary energy-wasting holes in your house! Learn more about what an energy assessment entails on our Energy Assessment page.
It’s super easy to see if solar is a good fit for your home. By signing up for a solar assessment, we’ll put you in touch with a qualified local professional to get you started. You can learn more about solar incentives and tax credits on our solar page.