Energy Saving Tips for Kids

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Dear Parents,

The Pacific Northwest saw historic temperatures in summer 2021. Portland, Oregon saw a high of 116 degrees! While good policy and large corporations doing their part is where we will see the greatest results in the fight against climate change, we must all shift our thinking and behaviors around climate change. Equipping ourselves with knowledge of what is energy conservation and conservation examples and passing that on to the younger generations is a great way to start. Teaching energy efficiency tips for kids is great because opportunities are all around us, and chances are you haven’t thought of all the top energy saving ideas yourself.

Pass your passion for the planet down to your kids and start by teaching about saving energy at home. To gauge their understanding, start with a simple definition of energy conservation: Changing your behavior to operate electrical devices less frequently. Saving energy helps secure a safe future for our children. Our Junior Energy Investigator activity book helps with energy efficiency tips, but the best chore chart includes energy saving tasks. This way you instill good habits that help your whole family curb climate change.

Your Pals @ Indow

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Energy Saving Tips for Parents

Did your little investigator find out what is the best way to save energy at home? That’s great news! Even the most energy conscious among us can still find ways to improve. Our activity book has energy saving tips for kids, but we have lots of resources available to help parents, too! Take the next step to improving the energy efficiency of your home – your investigator can help!

Confirm the Results & Close the Case

Have an official Energy Assessor check your home. Or, you can conduct your own DIY home energy audit and have your little investigator point out all the areas for improvement:

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Solve the Clues of Energy Inefficiency

Once you have all the evidence compiled, you and your Junior Investigator can crack the case and make your home more efficient.

  • Read through your Jr Energy Investigator’s findings in the Junior Investigator book together.
  • Look at the suggestions below for how to research your next steps.
  • Share how you cracked the case on social media! #energymission

Energy Tips for Heating & Cooling

Windows & Doors

On average, one third of a home’s heat loss is through windows & doors. Adding insulation saves money and energy:

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Water Heater Energy Tips

14% of all homes’ energy consumption is from heating water. If you turn down the temperature on your water heater or get a newer one, you can save a lot of energy.

Air Sealing Energy Tips

By reducing the drafts in your home, you can cut your heating and cooling consumption.

Energy Tips for Water Inefficiency

The average American household uses more than 300 gallons of water per day. Water is considered a renewable resource, but it takes energy to clean it and deliver it to your home.

Energy Tips for Electrical Inefficiency

29% of energy consumption is used by a combination of lighting, refrigeration, and other home appliances. Although we need those for living comfortably, we can find ways to be more efficient in the way we use electricity. Did you know that keeping your refrigerator and freezer stocked helps them use less electricity to maintain their temperature? We know your Jr Investigator would love to help you figure out what foods you should keep in stock!

More Activities & Energy Saving Tips for Kids

Jr Energy Investigator Activities (8-12)

  • Share the Findings: Have your Jr Investigator share what they’ve learned with the rest of the family. They can show off their knowledge and get the whole family on board.
  • Rewards System: The best chore chart includes energy savings. Every time your Jr Investigator does something that saves energy, give them a star to save up for a prize.
  • Boardgame: Play a board game with your Jr Investigator to learn more about energy efficiency versus energy inefficiency. The one who saves the most energy wins!
  • Wordsearch: Find words associated with energy efficiency.

Sr Energy Investigators (12+)

For the more advanced problem-solvers who want to understand bigger concepts, try these activities:

  • NASA’s Weather vs. Climate helps kids understand how climate and energy are related.
  • Have your Sr Investigator help plan your next DIY home project. They can apply their new energy-saving skills and feel more involved.
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