History of Watt Watchers
Energy efficiency programs have been around in our schools for many years. They come in all shapes and sizes and with many different names, but the Watt Watchers of Texas program has helped expand those programs.
In 1985 the Region IV Education Service Center in Houston was the site of the pilot program for Watt Watchers of Texas. Galveston ISD was one of the first schools to embrace the program within Region 4 and reduced their electric bill by $25,000 that year. The next year, through a contract with the University of Texas Permian Basin, a Watt Watcher program was implemented for West Texas. Their program expanded to include over 160 school districts throughout Texas by 1993. In 1997 Texas expanded the program to cover the entire state and divided the 254 counties between Watteam and Watt Watchers. Student patrols continued to look for lights left on in empty classrooms and began to get involved in other projects to stop energy waste, save money and prevent pollution. In 2001 Watteam and Watt Watchers merged to form Watt Watchers of Texas. This allowed us to put all of our resources into helping students all over the state.
As of Spring 2008, 4300 teachers in over 645 school districts have enrolled in the watt watcher program. There are over 1300 teachers that have been doing the program for over five years. Thousands of students have watched watts, ticketed teachers, learned about conservation and energy efficiency and thousands of dollars have been saved.
Contact Watt Watchers of Texas
Mail: PO Box 68660, El Paso, Texas 79968
toll free: 1-888-USWATTS or 1-888-WATTEAM