It is important to save energy because most of the energy we use comes from fossil fuels. If we use up all our fossil fuels, there will not be any left for people to use in the future.
It would be impossible to stop using energy. But we can try to use less. Here is a list of things you can do to save energy.
You can save energy in your home or apartment in many ways. First, you need to find out how much energy you use. One way is to look at your family’s utility bill each month. Second, ask your parents or utility company to do an energy survey or audit of your home. This will tell you exactly where you can save energy.
Wear a sweatshirt or other warm clothing indoors when it is cold, so your parents will not have to turn the furnace up so high.
Wear fewer clothes indoors when it is hot, so your parents will not have to run the air conditioner as much.
Turn off all the lights when you leave a room.
Ask your parents to replace your regular light bulbs with special lights called “compact fluorescent lights.” They use about a fourth of the energy of regular light bulbs. To save the most energy, install them in light fixtures that are on for several hours at a time, such as lamps used for reading.
Turn off the TV, radio, and computer when you are through using them.
Ride the bus to school.
Walk or ride your bike to school or to visit friends.
Share rides with friends to after-school activities and Saturday games.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle!
Reduce Buy products without much packaging and wrapping.
Reuse Share your clothes and toys with others after you outgrow them.
Recycle Recycle newspapers. Paper made from recycled paper uses about one-third less energy than paper made from raw materials.
Recycle glass bottles and jars. Glass made from recycled glass also uses about one-third less energy than glass made from raw materials.
Recycle steel and aluminum cans and aluminum foil. Aluminum cans made from recycled aluminum use 90% less energy than aluminum made from raw materials.
Buy products made of recycled material. Look for the recycle mark