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Western Australia Minister for Energy Peter Collier

Minister Shows Students How To Save Power

Victor P Taffa

  • School children encouraged to take energy efficiency tips home
  • Simple tips can save households hundreds of dollars each year

Energy Minister Peter Collier today visited Scarborough Primary School to promote the benefits of being energy efficient to primary school age students as part of Western Power’s educational program.

“Education is a big part of promoting behavioural change, and through Western Power’s schools’ educational program, we have been able to reach tens of thousands of primary school students, showing them how they can save energy at home, reduce their carbon footprint and save their parents money.” Mr. Collier said.

“This winter the action most commonly adopted by households to save money on power bills was loading the dishwasher fully before starting it. A simple action like this makes a big difference to household bills.”

“Using less electricity helps households save money and reduces the amount the State spends on running the electricity system.” Mr. Collier said.

“People have generally heard of these energy-saving tips; the challenge is to focus on two or three of these and make them part of your routine. Once you’ve changed your behaviour then take on more of these tips so you can reduce your carbon footprint as well as save money.”

The Minister encouraged students to take the energy-saving tips they’d learned about in the classroom and apply them at home. 

Fact File

  • Schools’ education program reaches 40,000 primary school students a year
  • Students taught about electricity; safety in and outside the home; and energy efficiency
  • An eight minute DVD is presented to students in years five to seven
  • DVD a gift to the school as a library resource

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