According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Michigan ranks 31st out of the 50 states in total energy use per person. DTE Energy and the National Energy Foundation are partnering to reduce energy consumption by empowering students to be the energy experts in their own households.

This fall, DTE Energy is bringing the National Energy Foundation’s Think! Energy program to more than 16,000 students and teachers in nearly 200 schools across Michigan.

The Think! Energy program includes a 60-minute in-school presentation that teaches students about how energy is produced and used, and what they can do at home to help their parents save on their energy bill.

The presentation is fun and interactive. Student volunteers perform the steps of an electrical power plant using common household items to mimic the boiler room, steam, turbines, generator and power lines. A hands-on circuit experiment lets students light up an energy stick by making a circle and joining hands. Presenters also showcase and describe how students can save energy at home, like using LED light bulbs and timing their showers.

At the end of the day, each student and teacher takes home a kit with devices to improve the energy efficiency in their own homes, including a LED light bulbs, high-efficiency showerhead, faucet aerator, an LED nightlight and a 5-minute shower timer for taking “power showers.”

Since 2010, DTE Energy has reached more than 100,000 students from hundreds of Michigan schools with the Think! Energy program. The program is part of DTE Energy’s ongoing commitment to help families manage their energy usage and lower their energy bill. To get your school involved, visit

In addition to energy education efforts, DTE Energy offers a variety of energy efficiency programs that are free or offer rebates on water heating, heating and cooling and ENERGY STAR® lighting, appliances, and electronics. To learn about how you can save, visit

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