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Energy Tips for Kids

Energy conservation tips to share with your family

  • Shut off lights and appliances when you leave a room--including TV's, computers and video game consoles.
  • Replace ordinary incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
  • When you have a sunny day, help hang the clothes outside instead of using the dryer.  Use the microwave or toaster oven instead of the big oven whenever possible.
  • Turn off the dishwasher right before the drying cycle and let the dishes air dry.
  • Close curtains and blinds to keep out the sun on hot days. Open them up in winter to add warmth.

Stay Safe

Electricity makes wonderful things possible. Electricity keeps us warm in winter, cool in summer, cooks our food, heats our water, cleans our clothes and powers our TVs, radios, video games and computers.

Electricity is also powerful so we must be careful when using it. Below are some tips on electrical safety:

  • Never touch broken electrical cords or ones that have wire showing.
  • Never stick your finger or any object into light sockets or electrical outlets.
  • Do not pull on cords to unplug them. Hold on to the plug instead.
  • Do not touch anything electrical while you are wet or standing in water.
  • Stay far away from fallen power lines.
  • Never fly kites or balloons near power lines electricity can travel down kite strings or wires.
  • Do not climb power poles or trees close to power lines.
  • Do not touch or go near electrical equipment.
  • Stay away from pad-mounted transformers those are the metal cabinets on concrete pads that contain electrical equipment.

Easy ways to conserve water

  • Take 5 minute showers. Get wet. Turn off the water and lather up. Then rinse off. Save more than 5-10 gallons of water a day!
  • If your toilet has a leak, you could be wasting about 200 gallons of water a day. To check for leaks, ask your parents to help you test for leaks by placing a drop of food color in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak!
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. Save 4-10 gallons a day!
  • Make it a full load. Only run the washing machine or dishwasher when full. You can save energy too by drying the clothes on a clothes line!
  • Make sure your parents check faucets and pipes for leaks. A small leak can waste 20 or more gallons a day!
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge. Running water and waiting until it cools down is wasteful.
  • Water plants when it's cooler. Watering in the early morning or late evening is best.

Check out these links!

Kids Korner
WPPI Energy

ENERGY STAR Kids
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

KIDS Saving Energy
U.S. Department of Energy; Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network

For Students and Kids
U.S. Department of Energy

Energy Quest
California Energy Commission

TVA Kids
Tennessee Valley Authority

EPA Student Center
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Electrical Safety World
Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1

Water for Kids
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Office of Water

WaterSense Kids
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Water Conservation for Kids
Water Use it Wisely