Kids Nag Parents To Save Energy At Home

What if instead of Mom and Dad nagging the kids to turn the lights off and save energy, it was the kids nagging their parents? That seems to be the aim of a new energy education initiative called America’s Home Energy Education Challenge.

The initiative was recently announced by U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, joined by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Dr. Francis Eberle, Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). It seeks to educate the youth of the nation on the benefits of energy efficiency, while motivating them to play an active role in how their families use energy.

image via U.S. DOE

The program will encourage students, teachers, and families to learn more about energy consumption and efficiency, and to become more aware of how homes, schools, and utilities are connected within the community. (But if some students wind up inspired to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, so much the better.)

Part of the initiative is the Home Energy Challenge this fall, in which participating school teams in grades 3-8 will be asked to implement energy efficiency activities that reduce the energy use in their homes.  Teams will be asked to monitor and measure their energy consumption over a three-month period and compare it to data from the same period the year before.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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  • Reply June 2, 2011


    This is nothing new.u00a0 Twenty years ago I worked at a nature center/botanic garden.u00a0 The naturalists there always taught the school kids out for a day (there have been many thousands throughout the years) the importance of recycling.u00a0 They did an exercise with kids after lunch where they would go through their sack lunches and try to recycle things like aluminum cans, plastic drink cartons, paper bags, plastic bags, etc.u00a0 Every kid left there knowing what things in their lunch could be used again some how or just put in the trash, and also how all the trash would impact them later on.u00a0 The naturalists did this day in and day out.u00a0 The kids who are now in their 20’s to 40’s I am sure, remember and hopefully continue and expand their knowledge.u00a0 I just wanted to give much needed credit to the naturalists who did all the work for all those years.u00a0 Good for you!

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