(written by Carol Timms, Educational Grant Strategist)
October is National Energy Awareness Month. Did you know that there are energy incentives available for nearly every sector of our economy? The IRS allows deductions and tax credits for investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Many states have deregulated their investor-owned utilities and require utilities to provide rebates for energy improvements. Check with your local utility company to learn how you might benefit.
There are also grants available from governmental entities and private foundations for energy research, energy improvements, and energy education. Schools will find that energy education is an excellent fit in STEM and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum.
For example, this month, Energize Connecticut will present Global Energy - The Musical. This
entertaining musical is based on writings and songs of students from Connecticut, the Kingdom of Jordan, and Rwanda. Students were asked to submit their views on the complex scientific issues surrounding energy and conservation. Energize Connecticut is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the State, and local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills.
Other organizations, including the Department of Energy, offer free classroom and interactive materials.
If you are interested in identifying funding opportunities for energy improvements and/or energy education curriculum, contact us, and we will be glad to help.
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