On December 8th, Dominion Virginia Power awarded a total of $5,000 to support math and science initiatives in Norfolk Public Schools as a part of the company’s Lighting Program educational contest. During the months of October and November, Dominion held the contest between five Norfolk Public elementary schools: Coleman Place Elementary, Fairlawn Elementary, Ingleside Elementary, Poplar Halls Elementary and Richard Bowling Elementary.
These schools and their supporters purchased energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, discounted by Dominion in support of the company’s Lighting Program which provides instant discounts on eligible bulbs at participating stores in Virginia and North Carolina. The three schools with the highest number of CFL bulbs attributed to their school received a combined $5,000 in prize money to support math and science in the schools.
With the highest number of bulb sales during the contest period, Coleman Place Elementary was the first place winner, earning $3,000. “We plan to use the $3,000 to purchase additional equipment for our math and science labs,” said Principal Callie Richardson. “The addition of microscopes and inquiry-based labs will support science initiatives, while in math, we will add more hands-on manipulatives and learning games to enhance our instruction in various areas.”
As second place winner, Ingleside Elementary earned $1,500 and plans to use the money towards science and math labs to assist teachers and students with mastering concepts covered through the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) according to Principal Dwana White. In third place, Principal Sterling White at Richard Bowling Elementary plans to use their $500 to host math and science nights with Mad Science of Hampton Roads and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Additionally, the school plans to purchase science tools, electricity/battery kits, rock collections and calculators.
The contest in Norfolk schools was one of three educational contests hosted by Dominion in the company’s Virginia and North Carolina service territory during 2011. Contests were held in the Culpeper, VA and Ahoskie, NC school systems earlier in the year.
These contests provided students, parents and educators with an opportunity to learn about the energy and financial savings associated with CFLs. CFLs use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, and last up to 10 times as long. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a customer could save approximately $69 or more over the life of each bulb.
Based on information from EPA, purchases of approximately 7.8 million CFL bulbs through Dominion’s discount programs since 2007 are projected to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 1.7 million tons, or the equivalent of removing approximately 305,000 cars from the road for a year.
Dominion’s Lighting Program ended on December 31, 2011 but Dominion has additional energy conservation programs that customers may be eligible for.
To learn more about these programs and how you can save energy in your home visit www.dom.com, keyword: energy conservation.