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Home Energy Contest For Schools Offers $200,000 in Prizes

The U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Teachers Association have announced a nationwide student contest to help families save money by saving energy at home. America’s Home Energy Education Challenge will engage students in elementary and middle schools across the Nation to help them learn the science of energy and make wise energy choices.

With a goal of educating youth about the benefits of energy efficiency, the contest will motivate students to play a more active role in how their families use energy -- and help families reduce their energy bills.

The program will encourage students, teachers, and families to learn more about energy use and efficiency and become more aware of how homes, schools, and utilities are interconnected within the community, while inspiring students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Registration is now open and ends October 7, 2011. Students, teachers and principals are encouraged to register to participate at HomeEnergyChallenge.org.

The contest includes both a Home Energy Challenge and a an Energy Fitness Award and students can chose one or get involved with both to learn about science and home energy savings.

Teams of classes in the third through eighth grades will compete in the Home Energy Challenge for more than $200,000 in prizes in comparing energy use from the three-month competition period to the previous year's use for the same three months. Regional winners will be evaluated in a national competition by a panel of educators, scientists, and energy experts will evaluate them for national awards.

Beginning on September 20, the Energy Fitness Award is an individual challenge that encourages students interpret a home energy bill and learn how to conduct a home energy assessment amongst other activities, and then demonstrate their learning and proficiency.

Visit HomeEnergyChallenge.org to register for America's Home Energy Education Challenge. Learn more about the steps you can take to make a difference in your home energy consumption by visiting the Department of Energy’s Energy Savers Energy Savers website.

Join the clean energy conversation on Facebook at DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Savers, and Solar Decathlon pages.

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