Energy 101

Becoming a smarter energy user makes a tangible difference by supporting:

Lower electricity prices and improved reliability.  Our utilities must be ready at all times to generate as much electricity as we need at any given moment, even during the cold winter nights and sweltering summer days when demand for energy increases. It is during these “peak” times that electricity generation costs are the highest for utilities that ultimately pass them on to Virginia consumers. If we reduce our electricity use, there will be fewer peaks when power is most expensive, keeping prices down and making the delivery of our energy more reliable.

Reduced air pollution. Virginians rely on electricity to power their homes and businesses and support their quality of life. However, pollution caused by the combustion of fossil fuels has damaging effects on Virginia’s climate, as well as its air and water quality. The consequences are seen in the health of its citizens and wildlife. Electricity conservation contributes to improved air quality and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Limit the need for power plants and power lines. The average American house is 30% larger than it was a decade ago. We have more devices that require power and the number of Virginia residents is climbing, with more than 700,000 more people today than 10 years ago. We need to take advantage of every opportunity to value our power and reduce our energy use so that we limit our need to generate more electricity.

The best way to address these issues is to save energy. Doing so will save money and ensure a reliable power infrastructure for our homes, schools and industries, while reducing emissions that are harmful to our planet and our health.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Lesson Plans
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Get your students energized about responsible energy use! In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, we’ve created fun, multi-day, Lesson plans to help you teach your students how to understand and conserve energy! They’re classroom-ready and free to use!