Are You Discussing Energy Efficiency with Your Kids?
Are the kids looking forward to snow days? While they’re home, it’s a great opportunity to talk to them about saving energy, especially during the winter months where energy usage can be at its highest. You can also conduct a few energy efficiency experiments around your home to help the energy-saving lessons come alive! To spark the conversation, here are some helpful resources you can share with the kids to promote energy savings:
- Make energy efficiency projects fun! Light an incense stick and let kids wave it (or for safety, watch you do it!) in front of windows to detect drafts. Together you can then help them apply caulk to plug air leaks around door frames.
- Encourage your kids to become Energy Hog Busters by playing Hog and Seek, sponsored by the Alliance to Save Energy.
- The U.S. Department of Energy’s Kids Saving Energy site has games, tips and facts just for kids of all ages who want to become more energy conscious.
- Print and post the Easy Energy Action Plan on your fridge so kids can keep track of how they use energy wisely every day.
- Energy Star Kids can also help teach children why their planet needs them and how they can help. Energy Star’s word banks also offer a great vocabulary lesson for kids to learn about energy and environment concepts.
- The U.S. Energy Information Administration Energy Kids site has lesson plans, energy career articles and games and activities—all for students.
You can also help your kids make energy saving resolutions through our contest launching in early January. Check our site for more details coming soon!
For ways kids and adults can help apply their energy-saving knowledge when they return to school, check outAt School Tips page. You can also read about schools across Virginia working to make their buildings more energy efficient.