Santee School District completed its first ever Energy Challenge, a district-wide electricity reduction competition among schools. From September 29, 2013 to October 19, 2013 students, faculty, and staff competed to achieve the greatest percent reduction in their school's electricity use by turning off lights when not needed, unplugging electronics after the school day finished, and engaging in other energy conservation actions. Santee School District saved a total of 35,203 kilowatt-hours, resulting in approximately $7,500 in savings.
Pepper Drive School finished in first place, with a very impressive 19.3% reduction in their electricity use. As the winning school, they will receive their very own Building Dashboard with real-time electricity monitoring from Lucid, along with new shade trees from the District. PRIDE Academy came in a close second with a 19.2% reduction, and Rio Seco rounded out the winners in third place with an 18.5% reduction. Cajon Park Annex, which houses the Santee Alternative Home School and the Santee Success Program, received an Honorable Mention for the highest savings by a school program and will also receive shade trees. The winning schools were recognized at an awards ceremony on October 30, 2013 at Pepper Drive School.
In addition to posting these impressive savings, the competition provided valuable educational opportunities, such as enabling teachers and students to both understand how their actions impact their school’s electricity consumption and discover how conservation acts can reduce that impact.
The challenge was part of a statewide contest sponsored by Lucid that helps K-12 districts throughout the state run energy reduction competitions. Santee School District placed first in the Southern California K-12 Kilowatt Challenge, sponsored by Lucid.