NEWPORT BEACH — Mariners Elementary School's effort to lower electricity use by turning off lights and unplugging unused gadgets has resulted in lower electricity consumption — and bills.
The Newport Beach school is one of 14 in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District working with Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy to go green and put money back in the schools' pockets.
Mariners has shaved $2,637 off its electrical bill so far this year by lowering its average usage 13.6%.
"We're getting money for the school, which will help us get new computers," said Student Body President Brett Bell, 12.
The school's student council and Green Team gathered Tuesday before school to strategize how to improve their results and get the latest update on how the project is doing.
The team's efforts are progressing, with the school's energy savings jumping from about 4% earlier in the year to 21.2% in March, said Sophia Schwarzenbach, 12, who serves as a sixth-grade energy executive.