Energy Tips for Kids

Energy conservation tips to share with your family

  • Turn off lights and appliances when you leave a room.

  • Replace ordinary incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs).

  • Use room air conditioners only when you are at home.

  • Use the microwave or toaster oven instead of the big oven whenever possible.

  • Turn off the oven right after food is cooked.

  • Close curtains and blinds to keep out the sun on hot days. Open them up in winter to add warmth.

Did you know?

  • If 10,000 schools turned off their lights for one minute they would save $81,885.

  • If those same schools turned out their lights every time they went to recess, they would save over $4.9 million.

  • Los Angeles is the most polluted city in the country, followed closely by Chicago and Houston.

  • Almost 40% of the 50 states are home to cities that have serious, severe, or extreme pollution problems.

  • The average home contributes more air pollution than does the average car!

  • The average U.S. family spends close to $1,300 each year in utility bills.

Easy ways to conserve water

  • Take 5 minute showers. Get wet. Turn of the water and lather up. Then rinse off. Save more than 5-10 gallons of water a day!

  • Catch some of the shower water in a bucket to flush the toilet. If you are waiting for the water to warm up, catch it in a bucket to flush the toilet or water house plants. Save more than 1-2 gallons!

  • 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 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 is best.

Cool sites

Kids Korner
WPPI Energy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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

Energy KIDS
U.S. Department of Energy; Energy Information Administration

Energy Explained
U.S. Department of Energy; Energy Information Administration

For Students and Kids
U.S. Department of Energy

Energy Quest
California Energy Commission

TVA Kids
Tennessee Valley Authority

Environmental Kids Club
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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

Saving Water Partnership
Seattle & Participating Local Water Utilities