In this activity, students learn tips about saving energy with our home appliances by creating energy-saving slogans, making magnets and taking a laundry conservation challenge.
Appliances can consume a lot of energy but there are smart behaviour changes we can make to save energy. The following are some tips and background information.
ENERGY STAR® Appliances
ENERGY STAR® appliances can be more expensive to buy, but they save energy and money over their lifetime since they are more efficient than standard appliances. See here for more information and how to recycle your old appliance.
A greater understanding of ways to save energy when using our appliances empowers students to practice energy conservation and care for their near environment. With your help, we can foster a culture of Power Smart youth in British Columbia together.
We use energy in our daily lives in many ways. We use it to get to school, power our lights, cook our food, heat our homes and to make and transport goods. Some of our energy comes from clean renewable sources like the sun, wind and water. Fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) are also used as energy sources. They come from ancient plants and animals, and when burned, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and water vapour, trap heat from the sun and warm the Earth.
Choosing renewable energy sources helps reduce the impact of our energy use on the environment. In B.C., most electricity is generated from water, a clean and renewable source. Non-renewable energy sources have a greater impact on the environment than renewable energy sources. Burning fossil fuels for energy releases greenhouse gases and carbon into the environment that had previously been trapped underground.
Our "Appliance Smart" activities provide a link to the core competencies of the curriculum. The activities engage students in learning about ways to save energy with our appliances and how we can all participate in using less energy.
Relevant core competencies:
Personal & Social
The activities also connect to a variety of grade-specific curricular competencies and content in a variety of subjects including Science, Applied Design, Skills and Technologies, English Language Arts, and Arts Education