For Release: 09/09/2020
Earn extra credit by using energy efficiently as kids head back to school
Green Bay — The start of the school year is different for students and families this fall, as many children continue learning at home. Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is helping students and their parents ace this early test with an energy-efficient lesson plan that can help them manage their energy costs.
Show them this bright idea: Turn off lights when no one needs them, and use dimmer switches on indoor lights. Speaking of switches, change over to LED bulbs, which use up to 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs.
Tell them they have the power: Power strips, that is. Many electronics consume energy even when they aren’t being used. These energy vampires can cost up to $100 a year. Plug chargers, computers and gaming systems into a power strip that can be turned off with one switch. A smart power strip can turn them off automatically when they are not in use.
Soak up knowledge … and savings: The average household spends about $300 a year on water heating costs. Lowering the water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees is an easy do-it-yourself lesson to show kids and help manage energy costs.
Keep minds open and the refrigerator door closed: Did you know we open our refrigerators an average of 33 times per day? An open door allows warm, moist air in, making its compressor work harder. So, minimize opening the door and pick a snack ahead of time to avoid leaving the door open too long.
Follow a dress code: With an early fall chill already in the air, throw on a sweater before turning on the heat. Better yet, install a programmable thermostat so you don’t have to touch the dial.
Pick up more tips on managing energy use with our efficiency study guides.
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