CPS ENERGY SPONSORED ENERGY SAVING LESSONS PROVIDE VALUABLE COST-SAVING RESOURCE DURING SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Collaboration to help boost energy conservation with Smart Energy Education Initiative for K-12 students.

San Antonio, TX – April 2, 2020 – CPS Energy continues efforts to support educational initiatives and provide community resources on energy related topics. With schools closed, the increased demand for remote education is upon us and CPS Energy is proud to offer free educational resources for students and their caregivers to use at home. These fun lessons and activities for students of all ages are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) established by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and can help reduce utility bills through energy conservation.

In January 2020, a collaboration between CPS Energy and Itron, Inc. launched Smart Energy Education. The website is a dedicated resource for educational programs and interactive learning materials. Smart Energy Education is bridging collaboration among community thought leaders, trusted educational programs and digital platforms that are working to improve energy-water literacy and student multimedia experiences around the world. The goal of Smart Energy Education is to demonstrate how improving energy and water literacy can not only foster community engagement but inspire children to implement energy saving practices into their everyday life. This site can be used as a resource for educators seeking distance-learning possibilities. The materials are available in both English and Spanish and align with TEKS.

“Collaborating with Itron creates value for our community and provides an opportunity to find new and creative ways to educate our students,” said Rudy Garza, Chief Customer Engagement Officer for CPS Energy. “This is the time to take everyday life experiences, like energy and safety, and incorporate them into fun, educational resources for our educators and parents. The Smart Energy Education resource provides another option to expand student development and broaden the approach to traditional academic curriculum.”

From the website, students can also access the Watt-Watchers of Texas; a CPS Energy and state-sponsored Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program to help boost energy literacy for K-12 students and help schools save money by saving energy. Many of the tips shared on the website can be used at home to help students learn the benefits of saving energy and the role it plays in preserving the environment. Along with CPS Energy and Itron, Inc., Watt-Watchers of Texas is supported with help from companies and organization such as U.S Department of Energy, the State Energy Conservation Office, The University of Texas of Austin, Webber Energy Group, National Wildlife Federation, KLRN, and distributed by Disco Learning Media.

As more people are home during this unprecedented time, home energy demand will undoubtedly increase, and customers may see higher bills as a result. These CPS Energy programs will help both parents and children learn how to manage their energy usage and cost at home, while simultaneously learning relevant and helpful energy information outside of a traditional school setting.

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About CPS Energy

Established in 1860, CPS Energy is the nation’s largest public power, natural gas and electric company, providing safe, reliable, and competitively-priced service to 840,750 electric and 352,585 natural gas customers in San Antonio and portions of seven adjoining counties. Our customers’ combined energy bills rank among the lowest of the nation’s 20 largest cities – while generating $7 billion in revenue for the City of San Antonio for more than seven decades. As a trusted and strong community partner, we continuously focus on job creation, economic development and educational investment. True to our People First philosophy, we are powered by our skilled workforce, whose commitment to the community is demonstrated through our employees’ volunteerism in giving back to our city and programs aimed at bringing value to our customers. CPS Energy is among the top public power wind energy buyers in the nation and number one in Texas for solar generation.

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