New Interactive School Learning Unit and Lighting Audit Tool Can
Save Schools Tens of Thousands of Dollars In Utility Costs
CLEVELAND, Ohio May 2002 - In an effort to help educators teach a strong, lasting message about light and overall energy-efficiency to students across the nation, GE Lighting has developed a new interactive, online Light and Energy Learning Unit. Designed to work as a stand-alone guide or a supplement to existing middle school energy curriculum, this unit will give students the background knowledge and skills needed in order to make better decisions about light and energy use for their home or school.
The Light and Energy Learning Unit includes content on the History, Math and Science of Light, as well as a number of practical experiments in understanding lighting and how we see. The module is instructive, interactive and features quiz and feedback options at the end of each lesson, as well as detailed teacher's notes. Making the Light and Energy Learning Unit even more practical for use is its tie to real-life applications. After students complete the learning module, they can conduct their own lighting audit - either as a class project of their school or of their own homes by using the new online GE Lighting Auditor (GELA) - both of which are free and fully downloadable at www.gelighting.com/na/home/gela/gelaform.html.
With just a few simple keystrokes of the GELA tool, a lighting audit is created for the user, which calculates how much they are currently spending on lighting energy; offers a personalized report of more energy-efficient options; and reports how much money could be saved by simply changing their light bulbs to energy-efficient products.
A test school in California - Compton's Vanguard Middle School - reported tremendous results after students used the GELA tool to measure their lighting and efficiency needs. In fact, they determined that by simply changing the school's lighting from standard linear fluorescent T12s to new GE energy-efficient T8 Watt-Miser® Ultra products, the school would save more than $75,000 in energy costs over the life of the product - equaling that of an average teacher's salary in America, plus books and other scholastic resources.
"We expect the new online Light and Energy Learning Unit and GELA audit tools to provide great results for educators and students alike," said Joel Hutt, GE Lighting's General Manager, Marketing and Communications. "And better yet, students can audit their own home...and teach their own parents about the importance and significant savings of efficient lighting."
Three versions of GELA - one for schools, homes and businesses - are now available at www.GELighting.com. "Consumers are generally surprised to learn that replacing one standard light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb can result in a savings of $26 - $86 in energy over the life of that product," continued Hutt. "For commercial applications the savings is considerable. Just imagine the thrill a student can experience in knowing that they have assisted their school administration in saving tens of thousands of dollars in energy…now that would make a lasting impression."
To further reach students and educators, GE Lighting has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy's 'Energy Smart Schools' Program. For more information on GE Lighting's new online Light and Energy Learning Unit and GELA tool, or their full range of energy efficient products, visit www.GELighting.com.
One of the General Electric Company's major businesses (NYSE:GE), GE Lighting is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. GE Lighting is a recognized leader in light bulb technology, manufacturing and marketing in the global lighting industry as well, with operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Today, the company manufactures approximately 7,000 various light bulb products for commercial, industrial and consumer applications.