DeSoto Trail Elementary School fourth graders made Conservation Rock at the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Energy Awareness Month event today in Tallahassee.
Highlighting easy energy conservation tips, PSC Executive Director Braulio Baez helped DeSoto’s students see how little habit changes can make a big difference for the environment and for their parents’ energy bill. Under the direction of Kim Salesses, DeSoto’s art teacher, the students then painted rocks with conservation themes. More than 100 Conservation Rocks will be placed throughout Tallahassee and Florida.
“Energy Awareness Month reminds us to be mindful of our energy use,” Baez told the students. “You can make a big impact by starting at home. Every time you turn off a light bulb, a video game, or the television when you’re through, you’re saving energy.”
Baez added, “Tell your family and friends to keep an eye out for your Conservation Rocks and, if they find one, to post a selfie with the rock on Twitter or Facebook. I know your art and conservation messages will rock Florida!” (Look for the PSC and DeSoto Twitter handles on the rocks’ backside.)
Principal Michele C. Keltner said, “I am proud of our Trailblazers and our wonderful art teacher, Kim Salesses, for showing their support of PSC’s Energy Awareness Month in such a fun, creative way. By learning energy conservation tips at school, they can share this information with family and friends at home. We can all do our part.”
Since its inception by a presidential proclamation in 1991, the U.S. Department of Energy has sponsored National Energy Awareness Month in October to promote smart energy choices, while also highlighting economic and job growth, protection of our environment, and increased energy independence. The PSC observes Energy Awareness Month annually with events to promote energy efficiency and conservation.
Tips on reducing energy consumption can be found on the PSC website, floridapsc.com. Look for Publications at the top of the home page, and then click on Brochures. Consumer tips from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website can be found here.
Follow the PSC on Twitter @floridapsc.