Getting Kids Involved

February 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

Kids in Parkwood help save energy by pledging to turn off the lights.

Kids are important players in home energy efficiency. They can consume the most energy with television, electronics, and long showers, but they can also be great advocates for energy efficiency if you can hook their interest.

Parkwood’s neighborhood energy group invited neighborhood kids to sign a t-shirt-shaped pledge form saying they will turn off lights when they are finished, and these were displayed on a clothesline at a neighborhood event.

Children can practice their multiplication and division skills by being responsible for gathering their family’s energy bill data and calculating the family’s carbon footprint. Use an easy online calculator or use Clean Energy Durham’s simple hand-out, available from your neighborhood energy group. Compare results on your block.

Kids can also check the air pressure on the tires of family vehicles, as air pressure affects fuel efficiency.

In nice weather, kids may be more willing to go outside instead of staying inside and using kilowatt hours. Get your kids to pledge to play outside or play “unplugged” for at least an hour each day.

Line drying laundry may seem overwhelming if you have a family. Are your kids old enough to help? Give them small rewards for helping, or include it in their weekly chores.

Let us know what you’ve done to get your kids involved in neighborhood energy work. Keep us posted on the difference you see in your energy bills. Let’s work together to raise an energy efficient generation.

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