Public Power Week, Oct. 4-10, is a great excuse to remind your members that they are the “public” in public power, and to educate them about energy issues. America Public Power Association (APPA) has put together a list of online resources to help cooperatives and municipal utilities in their public outreach efforts, during Public Power Week and beyond. You can link to them from your website and include the resources in your publications and communications.
- Department of Energy Science Education
This website supports science education through educational online content, resources for parents and teachers, internships and student partnership programs, and national events for students like Solar Decathlon and the National Science Bowl. Younger students can delve into energy science and conservation with resources like Energy Kids, Energy Star for Kids and an energy-themed coloring book.
- DOE Energy Saver
What better way to celebrate Public Power Week than introducing your members to this treasure trove of tools and information on saving energy and money at home. If your utility already shares Energy Saver tips through your website and bill stuffers, consider tying topics from Prices and Trends to a big-picture story about how public power benefits the community.
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Student’s Corner
Very few people outside the power industry now what FERC does or the part the commission plays in keeping our lights on. Even adults could learn a thing or two from the games, quizzes and other multimedia on this website.
- APPA’s Energy Efficiency Resource Central
Don’t just start a new energy-efficiency program for your members—use these resources to explain to them why energy efficiency is good for them and for the community.
- Alliance to Save Energy Top Ten Energy Efficiency Tips
Everyone loves a Top Ten list, especially when it makes saving energy easy at home, work, school and on the go.
- Environmental Protection Agency What You Can Do
Answer your members’ questions about climate change and offer simple steps they can take at home, school and the office to protect the climate, reduce air pollution and save money.
- Electrical Safety Foundation International Home Safety, Workplace Safety and Public Safety
Let your members know you care about their safety with tips for consumers and educators from ESFI.
- APPA Pride in Public Power campaign
This campaign encourages public power utility managers, staff and governing bodies to promote the benefits of public power to the communities they serve. Find programs and tools to help you tell your story.
Source: American Public Power Association