By: Steffi Broski and Ben Adler
Among the students was Rachel Friedlander from UC Berkeley. She says most people have no idea how much power they actually use, so her idea is a free, take-home energy-monitoring kit.
“The idea of a take-home energy audit kit is you can take a kilowatt meter and measure the wattages certain appliances have and then see where you are wasting energy. And then minimize that usage.”
She says universities could put the kits in their libraries and allow people to check them out. Other ideas at the summit included mandatory energy audits for homes and dropping the speed limit so drivers use less fuel. The summit was put on by Colorado’s Keystone Science School. After five days of brainstorming, students left Thursday with a presentation to take back to their own communities. Two years ago, students form the Energy Efficiency Youth Policy Summit planted the seed for the National Energy Conservation Society. That’s a national student organization that wants to incorporate energy efficiency in their schools.