Secondary schools on Hong Kong island will get advice from their electricity supplier on how to save on their bills. As part of its energy-efficiency education campaign, Hongkong Electric will send its engineers to 80 schools starting in the middle of this month. They will conduct 'energy audits' to collect data on the schools' use of power, and inspect electrical installations. The engineers will then advise the schools on how they can use electricity more efficiently. As part of the campaign, six boy scouts, who have taken a one-day seminar on the topic, will also lecture other scouts on the island and their schools about energy conservation. There will also be an exhibition at MTR stations to give consumers tips on saving energy. 'Hopefully through this programme we can pass on knowledge of energy efficiency from students to their families and communities,' said Yip Pak-nin, chief customer services engineer at Hongkong Electric. If the six-month campaign proves successful, Mr Yip said the company, which supplies electricity on Hong Kong island, might extend it to primary schools. Tso Kai-sum, managing director of Hongkong Electric, said: 'We believe that making the best use of resources and protecting our environment are basic responsibilities of everyone in society. Hongkong Electric is committed to minimising the impact of our operations on the environment.' Some of the ways to save on energy are using power-saving light bulbs, setting the thermometer on air-conditioners to 24 degrees Celsius and switching off lights and computers after use. Implementing energy-saving measures could help schools cut their electricity bills by 5 per cent, Mr Yip said. Secondary schools pay an average of $30,000 to $40,000 per month. They use the most electricity during the summer, paying 40 per cent more for power than during low seasons. The MTR exhibition will start at Taikoo station and then move to Hong Kong station. One of the charts in the exhibition lists energy cost for common home appliances. Among those that use the most electricity are cooking ovens and heaters, which respectively cost $2.47 and $1.65 per hour to run. Hongkong Electric will open its Lamma power station next month for students to tour the plant for one day. There will also be a contest where students will illustrate energy efficiency with a piece of creative artwork. The winning piece will be put on public display. For more information on the 'Smart Power Campaign', go to www.hec.com.hk/smartpower .