Four schools participating in a PPL Electric Utilities E-power energy efficiency program have been named statewide Moving to the Head of the Class award-winners by the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance for their work to save energy and money.

The four schools – Orefield Middle School in Lehigh County, Wallenpaupack Area High School in Pike County, Elmwood Elementary School in Cumberland County and Jersey Shore Senior High School in Lycoming County – all saved 5-10 percent on their utility bills by participating in our Continuous Energy Improvement program.

This E-power program works with schools to find ways they can save energy with simple changes such as shutting down computers and turning off lights when they’re not being used.

Energy efficiency is truly a team effort, with everyone pitching in from students and teachers to the administration. We commend these schools for reducing their energy costs and for receiving the award from the alliance.

A total of eight school districts are participating in the PPL program, which has helped the schools save a combined 1.3 million kilowatt-hours, or about enough electricity to power 115 homes for a year. The program has helped educate more than 1,200 school employees and nearly 8,000 students. The other participating districts are Southern Lehigh in Lehigh County, LCTI in Lehigh County, Crestwood in Luzerne County and Mechanicsburg in Cumberland County.

The Moving to the Head of the Class Award is an energy efficiency contest among K-12 schools in Pennsylvania.