Energy Efficiency for Kids
Kids, you can help your siblings and parents remember to save energy around your home by doing the following:
- Turn water off when you’re not using it, like when you’re brushing your teeth.
- Turn the lights off if you’re leaving the room.
- Turn the heat down or the air conditioning up when you’re leaving the house.
- Turn off your computer, stereo, TV, and electronic games when you’re not using them.
- If your computer’s on for any length of time, set it to Energy Saving mode.
- Remember to recycle plastic water bottles, newspapers, and magazines. Your school may even collect these items for use in classroom activities.
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All in the Family
Parents, tightening the family budget when it comes to energy can be a family activity.Enlist the assistance of your kids in a regular or seasonal home energy check. They can help you with the following:
- Are kids’ computers set to energy saving mode?
- Are other electronics powered off when not in use or unplugged altogether?
- Ask kids to check the storm windows: in the cold weather they should be closed or down.
- Ask kids to close their room curtains tightly at night during the cold weather months.
- Get kids involved in reorganizing the refrigerator: move their drinks and food items closer to the front of the shelf where they can quickly grab them. The quicker the fridge door can be closed each time, the less energy wasted.
- Install switches in kids’ rooms that turn lights on and off automatically as they enter and leave the room.
You can find energy saving devices like compact fluorescent bulbs and automatic switches through our online nhsaves.com catalog.
More Programs and Resources for Kids
Check out the Mount Washington Observatory, dubbed the mountain with the “Worst Weather in the World.” Witness extreme weather as it happens, using the real time web cams, and learn about climate change and its effect on our energy environments.
Visit the Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitors Center for fun and family oriented environmental programs.