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Reach students and their families with proven efficiency results

Think! Energy (T!E) is NEF’s brand of energy efficiency programs, consisting of four core programs that effectively reach various age groups. T!E combines energy efficiency products families can install at home with the behavioral training necessary to maximize savings. The school-to-home approach employed by T!E effectively gets your efficiency message into homes while garnering significant, measured, and verified energy savings.

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Think! Energy Audiences

Core Efficiency Programs

A team of in-house writers, artists, and designers, in consultation with energy industry leaders, produces the National Energy Foundation’s award-winning curriculum.

NEF offers four different primary age group programs, with various customization options to fully develop your curriculum. Our modular suite includes custom-branded materials, posters, student guides, and family-focused school-to-home materials, with an optional Spanish translation.

Bright Kids (2nd-3rd Grade)
Students highlight efficiency, electricity and circuits

Take Action (4th-7th Grade)
Students learn to be the energy efficiency expert at home

Innovation (High School)
Students learn how to efficiently accommodate their high-energy lifestyles

Community in Action (Adults)
Adults learn how they can make smart energy choices to reduce their utility bills

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School Kit Distribution

Delivering Efficiency to
Every Classroom

NEF develops educational materials that are sent directly to teachers on behalf of sponsors. All contents are targeted by grade level to enhance understanding and teaching of energy concepts.

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Classroom energy education presentation

Customizing Our Approach to Maximize Your Savings

NEF provides in class presentations, kit distribution, and teacher-directed programs to your communities. Program sponsors such as electric and gas utilities and state energy programs, can choose a combination of these styles to ensure the message of energy efficiency gets to as many students as possible.

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Digital Materials

Reaching Students in a Digital World

NEF programs come with many digital materials. From custom-branded websites to fun online games and posters, NEF has various ways to reach students where they are today.

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Student competitions

Combining Creativity and STEM Education

Student competitions encourage participants to think critically about energy issues and creatively express their ideas for an opportunity to receive recognition and awards.

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Facts and milestones

Think! Energy at a Glance

* Indicates total students reached directly and indirectly through NEF’s programs and materials


Teacher approval rating


Students Reached Since 2000


Years of Experience

Custom Programs with Maximized Savings

Energy efficiency works best when the whole household works as a team. That is why NEF has developed T!E with unique strategies for each age demographic. Any of the four programs, Bright Kids, Take Action!, Innovation and Community in Action, can be mixed, matched and customized with content, branding and scope to reach even the most ambitious energy efficiency goals.

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Results You Can See, An Impact You Can Feel

That is is a great "real life application" for students! This program is easy to implement and a cool resource for families, kids love feeling like they are making a difference!

TeacherXcel Energy T!E Program

Thank you for the wonderful programs brought to our students. Such an easy, wonderful program that ties into our curriculum.

TeacherDTE Energy T!E Program
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