Years ago I remember watching a movie called Fern Gully. An animated film that has stuck with me for years because I remember learning about pollution and deforestation and how devastating this was to the animals in the forest and the fairies breathing the air. My daughter today loves this movie and I don’t mind her watching animated films when they teach important lessons, lessons that stick with you. The minute my daughter saw the preview for the upcoming movie EPIC she asked to go and has the opening date circled on her calendar. This new movie helps teach children about climate change and the importance of energy conservation. Of course, I’m eager to go with her after seeing this trailer:
Saving Energy Matters
I always try to teach my children that even their small actions make a difference. Turning the lights off or not wasting water while brushing their teeth –it adds up and saves energy and water. We talk about our actions and those of others and how not taking care of the planet can hurt us. We might not have clean air to breath or water to drink. When we travel to a city I point out the smoggy air and pollution. We talk about what this is doing to our planet, our animals and to us. I always try to not only demonstrate what we can do at home but what is happening outside of our home too. Both kids suffer from asthma so they understand the importance of breathing clean air and what that means to them!
It is hard for the children to completely understand that the majority of electricity comes from power plants that burn fossil fuels. They cannot see the power plants to understand this but I explain to them that when we burn the fossil fuels this causes greenhouse gas emissions – which affect the environment. I try to explain that when we don’t have to use as much energy we are helping to not burn as much fossil fuel and this not only saves mom and dad money but means that there are less greenhouse gas emissions and that is good for the environment. Each little bit adds up and everyone does just a little it can really help! Simple steps around the house like shutting the television off or remembering to unplug something we aren’t using anymore – it helps and we should all do our part.
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.
The average house is responsible for more than 20,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, about twice as much as the average car
Electricity demand for U.S. homes is expected to climb by as much as 22 percent by 2035.
The typical household spends more than $2,000 per year on energy bills. With ENERGY STAR, you can save over one-third, or more than $760 on your household energy bills.
Kids Join Team ENERGY STAR
Watching movies like EPIC, reading books and taking part in every day actions to help save energy can help teach children about climate change and what they can do to help make a difference. 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. My kids think this is super cool and I bet your kids will too! Spread the word and lets each do our part to make a difference!
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.