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Hydro grants help students conserve energy

Two Nanaimo schools have an extra $1,000 to put towards energy saving initiatives, thanks to B.C. Hydro's Energy Ambassadors program.

Dover Bay Secondary School's Eco Club will use the grant to buy an electricity-generating bicycle that can be plugged into the school's energy grid.

Cost of the bike is $1,400 and the remaining funds have been raised by students in the Eco Club.

Woodlands Secondary School will install weather stripping on doors and light sensors in bathrooms with the $1,000.

Ladysmith Secondary School also won a grant, which students are using to buy new four-part garbage and recycling bins.

In order to receive the grants, students participated in B.C. Hydro workshops, completed energy audits, conducted behaviour studies, made presentations to secondary and elementary schools, delivered a presentation to Nanaimo school board last spring and wrote an energy conservation project proposal.

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