Renew Our Schools Energy Challenge

Exploring Your School’s Energy Use

Improving energy efficiency in schools should be a priority for all districts striving to eliminate unnecessary expenses while maintaining safe learning environments. Renew Our Schools is an excellent opportunity to engage students and staff with a fun conservation challenge focused on responsible energy use. Participating schools use an energy monitoring system (eGauge) to track electricity use and discover the impact of no-cost actions to conserve energy.

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Focus on Energy partners with Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) to sponsor a limited number of schools to compete. Participating schools contribute $200 towards their enrollment which is reimbursed upon successfully completing the minimum requirements of the challenge. Focus on Energy covers up to $1,200 of the installation of the eGauge monitor needed for the competition. Schools can keep the monitoring equipment following the challenge and continue with tracking their energy use for years to come.

In addition to financial assistance, Focus on Energy and KEEP support schools during the competition by:

  • Providing on-site guidance to help students learn how to perform an energy audit.
  • Offering a toolkit including hands-on devices, lesson plans, and suggested school energy actions.
  • Contributing helpful resources and recommendations along the way.

Blog Posts

School Expectations During Renew Our Schools Competition

Previous blogs outline the tools, resources, and financial incentives Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) and FOCUS ON ENERGY® provide during the Renew Our Schools energy competition. However, a successful school energy challenge will also need
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How Schools Earn Points in the Renew our Schools Competition

Renew Our Schools runs competitions between schools across the nation. Currently, ten Wisconsin schools are competing for cash and prizes in this six-week energy challenge. Schools earn points by saving energy and completing school energy actions. Points
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The First Steps in the Renew Our Schools Competition

Once enrolled in the competition, an electricity monitor eGauge® will be installed in your school's electrical panel. This equipment allows students and staff to monitor energy in real-time and see the immediate impact of energy conservation efforts.
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How Much Does It Cost to Enroll in the Renew Our Schools Competition?

Making positive energy efficiency changes to schools does not have to be expensive. Making small behavioral changes such as turning off lights and computer monitors is free and can add up to measurable savings. The Renew Our School competition is a fun,
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Wisconsin Schools Cash in on Energy Savings

Three Wisconsin schools taking part in the FOCUS ON ENERGY®/ Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP)  Renew Our Schools Competition showed just how much energy they could save in just one day and their energy teams will get some cold hard
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Renew Our School Competition Kicks Off in Wisconsin

Schools across the state are participating in Renew Our Schools, a six-week energy competition to get students and staff members excited about responsible energy use. Participating schools install electricity monitors to track real-time energy use.
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Students Engaging with Energy Experts

How do schools participating in the Renew Our Schools competition earn points? One way: Meet with an Energy Advisor with Focus on Energy.
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Take Pride in Your School

Small changes can create huge savings! If you are interested in increasing teamwork and sustainability in your school, consider enrolling in the next competition. Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2023 Competition. Complete an interest form to get started.

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