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PowerHouse Experience

PowerHouse was a 4 year project which engaged middle school students in climate change and data literacy through a partnership with Central Maine Power Company which provided students access to their home electricity usage data. These pages are maintained as an archived record of this project. 

Global issues like climate change are challenging for adults, let alone 12-year-olds, to understand. PowerHouse takes climate change out of students’ textbooks and onto their kitchen tables.

With 95 percent of Maine homes now equipped with smart meters from Central Maine Power, almost all Maine families now have access to detailed information about their household energy use.

PowerHouse fuses this detailed data with an educational framework that helps students conduct experiments and examine the impact of their families’ electricity usage. Equipped with this information, they can use the program to set electricity management goals and monitor their families’ progress.