Do You Need Help Getting Your Children Excited About Saving Energy?

It’s so important to get our children excited about saving energy when they are young, so it’s normal for them.  Little Miss already knows it’s important to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and she’s starting to grasp the importance of saving energy.  I know we’ll be signing up for Team Energy Star to make this easier!

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What’s the impact of ENERGY STAR?

Over the past 20 years, Americans with help from ENERGY STAR have saved nearly $230 billion on utility bills, preventing more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

Team ENERGY STAR, which launched June 5, is a new, exciting initiative from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program, developed to engage and educate American youth and their families about saving energy in the home. Team ENERGY STAR empowers kids to help protect the climate through easy-to-implement, money-saving actions and provides them an outlet for sharing their passion for preserving our environment. And, with Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax as the engaging theme for Team ENERGY STAR, kids can learn and have fun at the same time.

Being part of the team involves the following simple steps:

· Take steps to reduce your energy use at home

· Help your family and friends save energy

· Encourage your family and friends to take the ENERGY STAR Pledge

· Inspire others by sharing your story

Kids can join Team ENERGY STAR by visiting energystar.gov/team where they will get easy-to-download educational and interactive materials, such as a comprehensive Action Kit, the ENERGY STAR Home Check-Up, a Lorax activity booklet and a Lorax mustache-making kit. Kids are also encouraged to come back and share their stories about protecting the environment by saving energy, which will be showcased on energystar.gov/changetheworld and throughout social media.

Attend an event in your area to learn ways to take control of your energy bills while contributing to a cleaner environment. You can also take the ENERGY STAR Pledge at energystar.gov/pledge and join 2.8 million other Americans who are taking action to protect the climate. If every American household took part in the Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR Pledge, we would: save more than 126 billion KWh/yr of electricity, save $18 billion in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions from 20 million cars.

Why is saving energy important?

About 70 percent of the electricity we use comes from power plants burning fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels causes greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change – a real and urgent challenge affecting people and the environment, worldwide. Using energy-efficient products and practices reduces the amount of carbon pollution added to the atmosphere and can lessen the effects of climate change.

How can climate change impact our health?

The Earth’s climate is changing in ways that can have serious consequences for public health. Climate change will likely increase the number of people suffering from illness and injury due to more pollution, extreme heat, floods, storms, droughts and fires as well as allergies and infectious disease. The elderly, the very young, the disabled, and the poor alone are especially vulnerable, as are people with heart disease or asthma. Climate change is also expected to cause more severe allergy symptoms because a warmer climate promotes the growth of molds, weeds, grasses and trees that cause allergic reactions.

Please come back on June 12, when Big Green Purse will be hosting a carnival of posts from many bloggers who support energy efficiency and Team ENERGY STAR.

Here is a great giveaway for my US and Canada readers of products from EnergyStar partners!  You could win:

  • ENERGY STAR tote bag 
  • “Turn me off”, “Set me right” and “Unplug me” post-its for light switches, thermostats and electronics
  • Two GE ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs  
  • Lorax kids activity book 
  • ENERGY STAR pen

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About April H

My family and I live on the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. We love outdoor adventures, protecting the Earth, cooking great food, and trying new things!
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104 Responses to Do You Need Help Getting Your Children Excited About Saving Energy?

  1. Kris says:

    turn off the lights when you leave a room and dont plan on returning soon, also turn off appliances that you are done with.

  2. Sherry S. says:

    I use energy saving light bulbs and keep lights turned off rooms I’m not in.

  3. Dawn A. says:

    We just moved to a house with lots of windows. There is little reason to turn any light on. It is fantastic! We’re having the energy company come out and put a switch on our a/c to limit it’s use and help not to over load the grid. The house has fans that helps too. Once I went to this website my kids ran over and got all excited. Thanks for the notice about this!

    • That’s great! Glad they’re enjoying the website! We open our blinds instead of turning on lights too – unless it’s really hot out, and we don’t want to let the heat in. We have really thick blinds to help reduce temperature transfer.

  4. Sue C. says:

    We’ve replaced all our regular light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs and are amazed at how long they last and how much money we save.

  5. Linda Kish says:

    Turn off the lights when you leave the room

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  6. Amanda Hoffman says:

    dont leave lights on

  7. Jo says:

    Use as much natural sunlight as possible 🙂

  8. Shea Balentine says:

    replace air filters often and turn lights off when not using

  9. Jenna Grimes says:

    Just use energy saving bulbs and make sure you turn the lights off when you leave the house.

  10. amy marantino says:

    i use fans instead of AC

  11. Wendy says:

    Dont leave your AC on overnight or all day long, buy an energy star with automatic shutoff.

  12. Betty says:

    For kids, make it about the lights. turn them off if not in use.
    for parents, make it about the ac/furnace. Adjust the settings when no one is in the house. Automatic is nice, but there are a lot of times where the schedule changes and you can save energy by backing off the heat and cooling settings.

  13. kelly nicholson says:

    What’s your favorite tip to save energy?

    ban al gore from opening his mouth or turn off unused lights

  14. Stacie says:

    Wash in cold water only and hang your clothes to dry.

  15. Kimberly Schotz says:

    Wash in cold water
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  16. Sharon says:

    In the winter, keep thermostat at 55 while sleeping.

  17. Alicia K says:

    turn the lights off!!
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  18. LaTanya says:

    Use the energy light saving light bulbs and keep lights turned off when not in use.

  19. Dianna Thomas says:

    As you leave the room– turn it off- TV, lights,CD’s what ever you were doing, when your done turn it off!

  20. Turn the thermostat down a notch or two and put on a sweater. Unplug when not in use. Turn off the big lights.

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  22. anne perry says:

    Dry diapers on the line!!

  23. gail says:

    use programmable thermostat

  24. Denise C says:

    we installed an attic fan, and it’s done wonders to keep the second floor cooler, so we use the a/c a lot less

  25. april yedinak says:

    Wash clothes with cold water.

  26. Sara says:

    Unplug your cell phone charger when it is not in use!
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  27. Alicia Zirjacks says:

    We turn off all lights when not using them

  28. Kevin E says:

    Put electronics on power strips then turn off when not in use

  29. Kristie D. says:

    My favorite way to save energy is use a Kill-o-Watt to discover how much electricity items in my house use. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  30. Madeline says:

    I like using a programmable thermostat.

  31. Diana Hatch says:

    Keep lights off when not using

  32. Rae Higgins says:

    Turn off the lights when leaving the room

  33. Sheila Foley says:

    I have a program/swich power hooked up to our power company to reduce power. I use energy strips and religiously turn off when I leave the house. Love the website-excellent for kids & adults:)

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  34. Kasey Longley says:

    Using energy star lightbulbs.

  35. Iliana Reyes says:

    My favorite tip is to turn off the lights when they are not being used.

  36. Tim says:

    I use a space heater in the winter so I only have to warm the bedrooms instead of the entire house.

  37. open windows instead of using the ac!

  38. Terri Menke says:

    Turn out the lights and tv when no one is in the room

  39. Sunnie says:

    Turn off lights, unplug stuff.

  40. Jackie says:

    unplugging small appliances when not in use
    Thanks!

  41. Candie L says:

    We use energy efficient light bulbs. Thank you

  42. Unplug anything that you’re not using. Even leaving something small plugged it uses energy.

  43. Kristen says:

    We use a whole house dehumidifier so that we don’t have to use the air conditioning as much in the summer. We also have electronics on power strips, which we turn off.

  44. laurie brown says:

    turn lights off when not in use,got a new ac that is energy efficient

  45. Jessica Sage says:

    Unplug electronics when they aren’t being used!

  46. Darlene Owen says:

    My favorite tip is to have a thermostat that turns the heat (air) down or up during the day when your not there.

  47. Miz Vickik says:

    I unplug energy “vampires” when not in use. =)

  48. laura abel says:

    I wear a sweater and socks in the wintertime, so I don’t have to turn the heater up!

  49. Jenna Wood says:

    Unplug large appliances

  50. Donna K says:

    Always turn out the lights when you leave the room.

  51. Erika P. says:

    I use energy efficient bulbs in most of my fixtures and lamps to save energy.

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