Last year, I was part of Team ENERGY STAR an exciting initiative developed to engage and educate American youth and their families about saving energy in the home. Team ENERGY STAR empowers kids to help protect the climate through easy-to-implement, money-saving actions and provides them an outlet for sharing their passion for preserving our environment.
This year ENERGY STAR partners PTO Today and LG Electronics have brought in the heroic characters from the new movie EPIC, to help kids learn about the importance of saving energy while having fun at the same time.
How can you and your kids get involved? Easy!
Kids can join Team ENERGY STAR by visiting energystar.gov/team where they will get easy-to-download educational and interactive materials, such as a comprehensive Action Kit with the ENERGY STAR Home Check-Up, an EPIC-themed activity booklet, and a Professor Bomba’s Binoculars kit to help kids see the world in a whole new way. Kids are also encouraged to come back and share their stories about protecting the environment by saving energy to inspire others. Participants even have a chance to win cool prizes from PTO Today courtesy of Fox and LG Electronics USA. Stories will be showcased on ENERGY STAR’s social media pages and the top stories will be featured on LG’s electronic billboard in New York’s Times Square. How cool is that?
Why Save Energy?
About 70 percent of the electricity we use comes from power plants burning fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels causes greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change – a real and urgent challenge affecting people and the environment worldwide. Using energy-efficient products and practices reduces the amount of carbon pollution added to the atmosphere and can lessen the effects of climate change.
What does saving energy have to do with our health?
Plenty! As I have written about before here and at Moms Clean Air Force, the Earth’s climate is changing in ways that can have serious consequences for public health. Climate change will likely increase the number of people suffering from illness and injury due to more pollution, extreme heat, floods, storms, droughts and fires as well as allergies and infectious disease. The elderly, the very young, the disabled, and the poor alone are especially vulnerable, as are people with heart disease or asthma. Climate change is also expected to cause more severe allergy symptoms because a warmer climate promotes the growth of molds, weeds, grasses and trees that cause allergic reactions.
What’s the impact of ENERGY STAR?
Over the past 20 years, Americans with help from ENERGY STAR have saved over $230 billion on utility bills, preventing more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That is amazing! Let’s grow these numbers even larger. Just think of the impact.
How can parents get involved?
· Take action to reduce your energy use at home
· Help your family and friends save energy
· Encourage your family and friends to take the ENERGY STAR Pledge
· Inspire others by sharing your story
That’s it! Please visit energystar.gov/team a visit to learn more about saving energy, ENERGY STAR appliances, to find a fun and engaging activity book for kids about saving energy, and to be entered for great prizes!
FULL DISCLOSURE: I am writing about Team ENERGY STAR because I support the program and because I believe it is important to educate the public about energy efficiency and climate change. I have received a modest “thank you” reward from LG, an ENERGY STAR partner, in appreciation for my post. That gift in no way influenced my belief that saving energy is important and necessary.