(NECN: Marnie MacLean, Bath, Maine) - Students in Maine have been piloting a program that is being recognized by the Department of Energy.
Powerhouse is a web based program developed by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Central Maine Power.
The program allows students to see exactly how much energy their own homes are using by tapping into data from CMP's smart meters.
The real time data lets students analyze their families power use and carbon output. As part of the program they also had to come up with plans to reduce their families power use by five percent.
If everyone in Maine did that it would save 32 million dollars a year.
According to Gayle Budge of Gulf of Maine Research Institute, "On the one hand we are excited about the math and science learning but also excited for the potential of electricity savings."
Powerhouse is now a finalist in a Department of Energy program to recognize efforts to save energy across the country.
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