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Hi! We’re Bolt, Zap, Newton, Watt, Breaker and Spark. We’re the Monster Detective Collective—an exciting, off-the-shelf kids’ energy education program specially-designed for utilities.


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Empowering Kids

Designed by and for Utilities

Originally created in partnership with our friends at the Tennessee Valley Authority, Milepost's turnkey program will help you build meaningful relationships with your younger, harder-to-reach customers. We do this through award-winning materials that promote lifelong energy efficiency behaviors.

Engages Key Customers – Kids!

As the Monster Detectives, we equip you to provide meaningful energy education to kids because they are powerful contributors to their home energy use and are future customers.

A 2016 study published in Nature Energy revealed that energy efficiency programs targeting children can have lasting impact on household behavior. Connecting with kids has the potential to make a positive impact in your community, strengthening relationships that could last a lifetime.

Transforming Energy Behavior

Empowering, Comprehensive Programming

From interactive workshops to interesting activities, we provide your utility with the tools to teach energy basics to elementary-aged kids in your community: how it’s made, how it’s used, and how they can reduce their energy use.

Kids are empowered to join the collective as an “energy detective” and lead their families in making wise energy use choices.

Energy education program package

With our easy-to-use educational program, you'll receive everything you need to connect with kids in an interactive Learning Lab workshop. Our program includes a variety of materials and resources for you to personalize and use with kids to promote and supplement the Learning Lab event.  Use this workshop event at schools, libraries, museums, or clubs to educate and empower kids. 

Learning Lab Materials
Interactive Presentation

The dynamic Learning Lab presentation showcases a team of Monster Detectives as they guide attendees through rooms in a typical home to show how and where energy is used. Along the way, participants are encouraged to point out energy saving opportunities and behaviors that “light up” with a click on the screen.

Award-Winning Activity Book

Reinforce the workshop lessons at home with the kids’ activity book, which creatively engages kids and their families in the Learning Lab. The program includes other give-away items, including Monster Detective stickers, a Learning Lab certificate of completion, and a printable activity sheet.

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Take Home Materials

In addition to the activity book, the program includes other give-away items, including Monster Detective stickers and a printable activity sheet.

Event Experience Supplies

You’ll receive printable materials to help kids enjoy the program with the colorful Monster Detectives! A vibrant poster allows kids to see the characters in real life and serves as a facilitation tool for presenters. Young participants will be proud to show off their new energy detective skills with the large-scale printable certificate of completion and affirmation signage. The printable, kid-friendly evaluation forms measure the workshop’s impact and gather valuable feedback. These supplies are perfect for sharing your utility’s brand on social media, too!   

Training and Support
Train the Trainer

From an introductory train-the-trainer webinar to ongoing training opportunities, you will receive the tools and training to implement an interactive, energy education program.

Logo Setup

Use the Monster Detective to strengthen your utility’s brand and build community connections! Many of the program materials are designed to include your utility’s logo. Our team will work with you to get these materials branded, saving time for you and your utility. 

Marketing Guide

Easily promote your Learning Lab event with a suite of marketing materials, customized with your utility logo! You’ll receive digital files for a promotional flier, landing page banner, email banner, social images, and newsletter thumbnail.


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Our beginnings
with the Tennessee Valley Authority

Our beginnings<br /> with the Tennessee Valley Authority

As the Monsters, we got our start in 2018 as the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) EnergyRight® Monsters. TVA, the nation’s largest public power producer, saw a valuable opportunity to reach a new audience – kids – at their community energy efficiency workshops. TVA partnered with Milepost to create a fun way to educate children about using energy wisely.

As the EnergyRight Monsters, we’ve successfully engaged thousands of kids—and their families—for TVA and its local utility and community partners. But don’t just take our word for it! TVA’s 16-page activity booklet took home the Gold Medal for Special Publications at the 2019 Utility Communicators International’s Better Communications Competition.

With the Monster Detective Collective, you can bring the same award-winning program to your community!

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