Energy & Safety Education
At Two Rivers Water & Light, we believe that young citizens are an important part of the future of our community. We pride ourselves on our commitment to energy and safety education of the citizens of Two Rivers, especially the young citizens.
Whether it's through the classroom or the community, we strive to provide a strong network of information to further educate community members about electric and water subjects and how it relates to customers both young and old.
As part of our ongoing educational efforts, Two Rivers Water & Light provides educational materials and presentations to schools, service groups, and senior citizens. We also provide teaching units, videos, publications and workshops to interested groups all year long.
The following are just a few examples of our energy and safety education tools.
Community Care Days
Every August, Two Rivers Water & Light is one of many organizations that participate in Community Care Day held in Central Park. During this event Two Rivers Water & Light provides information about the utility's water and electric service to the local citizens. Representatives of the utility's water and electric departments are available to answer questions about the utility's programs and services. Equipment used by utility personnel is also available for the general public to view. Presentations are given to children on the topic of electric safety and how to avoid some of the dangers and hazards of electricity.
Please stop by and see us at the next Community Care Day.
Energize Your Library Partnership
This program provides an opportunity for the utility to build a valuable educational relationship with the Lester Public Library. Through this partnership, the utility works with the library to identify and to purchase beneficial energy-related resources and materials to help the community's patrons learn about energy related topics.
Along with other resource materials, Two Rivers Water & Light has donated energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to the library. Library patrons can check out these bulbs and try them in their homes or businesses to see how they work. If they like the bulbs, the homeowner or business owner can then purchase the bulbs at a local retail establishment.
Two Rivers Water & Light has also donated electric appliance meters to the library. Library patrons can check out the meters and use them to determine the electric consumption of their 120-volt electric appliances. Once the electric consumption of the appliance(s) is known, it can be determined if the appliance can be operated more efficiently, thereby reducing the amount of money spent on one's electric bill.
The Energy Cycle is a bicycle-powered generator that teaches basic scientific concepts related to the conversion of energy from one form to another and its efficient use for lighting, heating, and transportation. These concepts become tangible as the cyclist literally feels the effort required to light a bulb, operate a fan, or spin a motor.
The utility provides scholarships for local teachers to attend KEEP (K-12 Energy Education Program). KEEP is a 16-hour in-service program that is provided throughout the state of Wisconsin. This program helps teachers integrate hands-on energy education activities into their classrooms. The program also demonstrates how teachers can use energy education to ensure that their students meet Wisconsin academic standards.
KEEP makes the sometimes-intimidating topic of energy understandable to students of all ages. Second graders can learn about the coal mining process (coal is used to make electricity) as they "find resources" in chocolate chip cookies. Middle school students can experiment with properties of motors by modeling an electric motor. High school students can discuss "energy futures" by studying energy trends and new technologies.
The Local Circuit
The Local Circuit is a newsletter designed to provide our commercial and residential customers with information about programs and services as well as energy efficiency, technology, and industry information. The hometown news section of the Local Circuit provides valuable information about what is happening with your local utility. The newsletter is sent quarterly to all of our residential customers and semi-annually to all business customers.
National Theatre for Children
Each year, Two Rivers Water & Light sponsors live theatre shows that are presented to the elementary grade students at our local public and parochial schools. These shows are presented by the Minneapolis-based National Theatre for Children! (NTC). NTC tours the United States presenting lively, interactive educational shows. NTC dedicates itself to educating young people on important and timely energy-related topics. Coined with printed curriculum materials and teacher guides, their imaginative and customized presentations effectively reach the students, teachers, and parents.
The eight-foot PowerTOWN educational model makes a lasting impression at safety presentations. The crackle of a high voltage electrical arc reinforces electrical safety messages that school-age audiences will not soon forget. This realistic tool demonstrates the effects of:
Contact the utility at (920) 793-5550 to learn more about these programs and services.