Cool Schools: Potomac Falls High School Students Stay Cool By Cutting Energy Costs

6:57 AM, May 13, 2011   |    comments
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STERLING, Va. (WUSA) -- The seniors at Potomac Falls High School are too COOL! In fact, they are doing an energy audit at their school to help with global warming.

They are quizzing teachers on their energy usage so they can cut down on power consumption.

The goal: reduce the carbon footprint in each classroom by 2,000 pounds per year. Is that a lot?

Science teacher Dr. Jill Peters explains it this way: "Every Kilowatt hour you use, using lights for example, you are generating 1.1 pound of carbon dioxide."

It's proved to be a great way for students to learn the concept and help others understand it too.

Senior Becky Granger says, "After you work through it, you understand what your talking about and how it affects real life and how that affects the school."

Perhaps the COOLEST thing about the project, students expect to save the school 10,000 a year in energy costs!

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