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Help Kids Become Smart Energy Users “Did you turn off the lights in your room?”


“We’re not paying to heat the whole neighborhood!” “Save some hot water for the rest of us!”


Parents utter these phrases to their children countless times each day. Despite their best efforts, it can be tough to help kids understand the importance of saving energy—and to put that knowledge into action.


Some parents get creative in their attempts to encourage better energy habits in the their kids.


Here are a few tips.


Deputize an “energy enforcer” Several parents recommended deputizing children to investigate wasteful energy practices. Let them take turns playing the role of energy deputy.


Each week, the appointed child gets a badge and is empowered to seek out energy waste and hold the offending party accountable.


Some parents recommend offering your little energy deputies a bounty for finding leaks, drafts and other wasteful energy practices around the house.


Their progress can be tracked with stickers on a calendar, and when the kids reach their goal, they can be rewarded with a sheriff’s badge or small toy of their choice.


The invisible hand If your child’s hand never seems to find its way to the light switch, perhaps the invisible hand of the free market can help them out.


Try fining your child 25 cents for every light bulb he or she leaves on in their rooms. For a ceiling fan with four bulbs, that can become a costly mistake. Kids will learn quickly when the expense is coming out of their own pocket.


No matter what approach you choose, talking to kids about energy use is sure to pay dividends. They might not always follow through, but they’ll learn important lessons about the value of energy and the importance of conservation. This knowledge may not pay off for you in your lifetime, but it will for them, particularly when they begin paying their own bills!.


Choctaw Electric offers a number of programs that are designed to help kids become more aware of the importance of conserving energy. CEC's Tools for Schools is a free energy curriculum that includes activities and resource materials that educate kids about electrical safety, electricity generation and delivery, and energy efficiency. Watts Up With Green helps middle school students learn about wise energy use and why that is important to the environment.Go ECO, also designed for middle school classrooms, teaches students about nuclear energy and bio-mass power. For more details, please call 800-780-6486 or visit www.choctawelectric.coop.


6 | JULY 2016 | CEC Inside Your Co-op


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