Energy education program reaches 2,300 students in 2023

Local program to continue in Loveland for the 2023-24 school year

FORT COLLINS, Colo., – Building upon its pilot program in 2022, the Think! Energy with Efficiency Works education program achieved significant success in 2023, engaging more than 2,300 fourth grade students in Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland, exceeding the goal set for 2023.

A total of 12 schools in Thompson School District participated in the program, engaging more than 600 students in the Loveland area.

“The Efficiency Works program allows 4th graders to connect what they are learning in school about energy with how energy can be saved in their everyday lives,” says Melissa Carroll, Resource and Energy Manager with Thompson School District.

The program’s curriculum included interactive activities to teach students about energy sources (including renewable energy), presentations on how energy and water is used in our daily lives and tips on how to conserve energy and water. Each participating student received a conservation kit, which included LED light bulbs, faucet aerators and a high efficiency showerhead. The students were encouraged to install these items in their homes, experiencing firsthand the impact of efficient choices.

“The energy industry is evolving every day as we work towards a cleaner energy future,” said Bryce Brady, who oversees Efficiency Works programs as the Energy Solutions Manager at Platte River Power Authority. “Platte River understands that the success of this evolution depends on partnerships and education. This program exemplifies the power of partnerships and how important education will be to sustain the shift to a cleaner energy future.”

The collaboration between Platte River Power Authority, Loveland Water and Power and the Thompson School District were critical to the program’s success. The Think! Energy with Efficiency Works program will continue for fourth grade students in the 2023-24 school year.

Efficiency Works programs are available to residential or commercial customers of Estes Park Power and Communications, Fort Collins Utilities, Longmont Power & Communications and Loveland Water and Power. To learn more about how you can participate, contact your utility or visit

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Efficiency Works

Efficiency Works unites the energy efficiency offerings of the northern Colorado utilities of Estes Park Power and Communications, Fort Collins Utilities, Longmont Power & Communications, Loveland Water and Power, and Platte River Power Authority. Efficiency Works offers a variety of products and services to help customers save energy, water and money.

Loveland Water and Power

Loveland Water and Power (LWP) is a municipally-owned utility providing Loveland, Colorado customers power, water, wastewater and broadband services. LWP's mission is to add value serving the community's utility needs for today and tomorrow by providing quality customer service, providing reliable and fiscally responsible electric service at competitive rates, being environmentally sensitive and planning for the future.

Platte River Power Authority

Platte River Power Authority is a not-for-profit, community-owned public power utility that generates and delivers safe, reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable energy and services to Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland, Colorado, for delivery to their utility customers.