A group of elementary students in California's Central Valley have taken the issue of rising school energy costs into their own hands--literally.

As part of a five-month, school-wide effort to reduce energy consumption, students at the Burrel Union Elementary School in the San Joaquin Valley have used data loggers--or miniature electronic recording devices--to monitor light usage and temperature in the school's cafeteria, hallways, and classrooms. The students' own discoveries have led directly to a 22-percent reduction in the school's energy costs.

"The kids wanted to monitor light usage in...

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