KISSIMMEE, Fla., September 16,
12:45 pm – In an effort to increase awareness of energy conservation and to encourage
individual responsibility for the preservation of our natural resources, Kissimmee Utility
Authority (KUA) is sponsoring its tenth annual calendar art contest for third, fourth and
fifth grade Osceola County students. A panel of “celebrity judges” will select twelve
entries that will be featured in KUA’s 2004 Calendar of Energy Conservation.
American families on average spend nearly $1,300 a year in home energy costs, according to
the U.S. Department of Energy. Much of the energy we pay for, however, is wasted. In fact,
the DOE says the energy wasted through poorly insulated windows and doors is about as much
energy as we get from the Alaska pipeline each year. By adopting an energy efficiency plan
at home, we can reduce energy bills by 10 to 50 percent while reducing air pollution and
preserving energy resources.
DOE research also shows that conservation messages are best targeted at children to help
establish a lifetime of good conservation practices.
Every student who submits an entry will be honored with a letter of appreciation, a small
prize and a copy of the full-color calendar. The twelve winners will have their artwork
featured in the 2004 calendar and receive a $75 cash prize. The calendars will be
distributed free of charge in December 2003.
Official entry forms are currently available in the art department of each Osceola County
public, private and charter school and at KUA’s Customer Service Center, located at 1701 W.
Carroll Street in Kissimmee. The deadline for artwork entries is Thursday, October 30, 2003.
KUA is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility serving 61,000 electric, water and
Internet customers in five Central Florida counties.
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Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Corporate Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116