Saving Electricity Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Saving electricity is important, and it can be very simple to do. In this lesson, learn about ways that you can save electricity with lightbulbs, appliances, and other areas around your home.

Importance of Electricity

Try to imagine what your life would be like without electricity. No tablets, light bulbs, or refrigerators with your favorite snacks. Seems hard to envision doesn't it? Electricity is important for our everyday lives, and every time we use it there is a cost. Not only do your parents have to pay for the amount of electricity your family uses each month, but using too much can have a cost on the environment as well. Let's explore ways that you can conserve, or save, electricity around your house.

Lights and Bulbs

It would be pretty hard to read your favorite book in the dark, so thank goodness there are lightbulbs and lamps we can use at night. But we really don't need rooms to be all lit up during the day, so an easy way to save electricity is to turn off lamps and lights when you don't need them or when you leave a room.

There are new lightbulbs that you can use that require much less energy. One type of bulb is called a compact fluorescent lamp. It looks like a curled up light bulb, and it uses less energy and lasts longer than a traditional light bulb. So they can save money and you won't have to trash them as often, which is better for the environment.

Newer lightbulbs like compact fluorescent lamps and light emitting diodes use less energy and last longer than lightbulbs used in the past.

In the Kitchen

One of the rooms in your house that uses a lot of electricity is the kitchen. Think about it, there are several major appliances in there that might all be working at once. So it's really important to think of ways to save electricity when you are cooking or getting a snack.

If you have a dishwasher, talk to your parents about using an energy efficient cycle. This means less energy is used. Also, look into turning off the feature that uses heat to dry the dishes after they are clean. This is not necessary but uses quite a bit of electricity.

Use an energy efficient cycle when running the dishwasher, and turn off the heated drying feature.

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