The POWERHOUSE™ Energy Investigation Program teaches middle school students and their families about the effects of energy use on natural resources and the environment. LCRA offers the POWERHOUSE program to its wholesale electric customers and they sponsor the program for schools within their service areas.
Through POWERHOUSE, students get a hands-on understanding of energy consumption by becoming energy "detectives." Using a walk-through guide, students investigate and record their households' energy-using features. The results of each student's investigation are entered into the POWERHOUSE software program, which analyzes the data and produces a personalized profile showing patterns of energy use and energy-saving tips. Back in the classroom, students review their personalized home energy profile, play energy-related games and take part in an interactive review of the program information.
LCRA developed the POWERHOUSE program in 1998 and offers it to its wholesale electric customers as an optional service. Wholesale electric customers have presented POWERHOUSE to nearly 65,000 Texas students during the past 15 years. More than 4,000 students learned how to use less energy and save natural resources during the 2012-2013 school year, thanks to presentations in 37 schools by 20 utility sponsors.