Power Up: Saving Energy

By Shelby Holliday 05.23.2014 blog

Energy powers the world — it’s what keeps us warm or cool, cooks our food, powers our electronics, and gets us from place to place.

So what can you do to help solve the “energy crisis?”

A simple way to start is by conserving energy when you don’t need it and using it efficiently when you do. Here are some suggestions for getting started:

Unplug. This goes for appliances you aren’t using, cell phones that don’t need to be charged and power strips that don’t need to be on. Not only will you save energy, but you could also save 10 bucks every month on your family’s utility bill. Mom and Pops will be proud.

Turn off the lights. You don’t need them when you’re not in the room, and you can always use daylight if the sun is out.

Take control of the temperature. When it’s hot, close your blinds, turn on the fan or open the vents. When it’s cold, make sure your windows are closed, and don’t leave your door open. There are a lot of little things you can do around your homes and schools to minimize your use of air conditioning and heat.

Recycle. It almost always takes less energy to make a product from recycled materials than it does to make it from new materials. For example, making a ton of paper from recycled paper saves up to 17 trees and uses 50 percent less water.

Walk or ride your bike instead of taking a car or school bus. Using fewer fossil fuels is always a good thing.

Go the extra mile. If you’re feeling ambitious, look for products that can help you conserve energy — these include compact fluorescent light bulbs, weatherizers, fresh filters and low-flow shower heads. Keep your eyes out for the “Energy Star” label when you’re shopping.

One last thing to do is research. Scientists are constantly finding better ways to harness, store and use power, but we still have a long way to go if we want to solve the energy crisis. Maybe you want to increase the safety of nuclear power plants, reduce the footprint of coal mines, minimize the risks of oil and gas drilling, or improve the efficiency of renewables.

Or maybe you want to find brand new ways to create energy. Whatever your energy interests are, there are plenty of opportunities to pursue your passion. And you never know — the answer to a “clean energy future” might just lie in your hands.

Tell us in the comments section below what you are doing — at school or at home — to save energy!


  1. Caroline Taylor

    I think that’s why my power bill has been high so thanks for the information

  2. Jessica Parada

    yes I like this idea we need to stop using the electricity if we are not using our devise

  3. Diego Hernandez

    I think that it’s preety sweet but also Creepy

  4. Allilol

    I ALWAYS turn off and un-plug electrical devices, but my brother is the challenge, the struggle with energy saving. I want to see how this energy crisis will be like in the future!. . . -Alli

  5. Mustang M. G.


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