More than perhaps any other form of energy, electricity
has a huge impact on our daily lives. Electricity is something we’ve come to
rely on, something we often take for granted. We don’t stop and think about
where it comes from, how it works, or how and why it should be conserved.
This is where the Internet, a valuable educational
resource, enters the picture. If you want to be environmentally responsible
and save money on your electric bill, here are some very informative
energy-related websites worth checking out.
They’re everywhere – in your homes, at work, and in
schools. They’re wasting energy and costing you hundreds of dollars every
year. This is a great website dedicated to “energy hogs” and the ongoing
quest to stop them from reducing energy efficiency. On the website’s landing
page, there is a link for adults and a link for children. The adult section
contains a wide variety of energy-efficiency resources and information to
help you bust energy hogs wherever you are.
But the website’s gem is found within its children’s
section. Here, you’ll find an interactive Energy-Busters game that helps
kids learn how to “beat those nasty oinkers.” They can scroll over different
rooms in the home to discover ways to “bust some energy pigs” and stop them
from “pigging out” on power. There’s also a fun energy-hog scavenger hunt
(called “hog-and-seek”). Once kids complete the games successfully, they
become “Official Hog Busters.”
With tons of cute photos, this website gets its message
across easily to all ages (improving energy efficiency by spotting energy
hogs). Scout around the website and you’re sure to find something that
appeals to you.
Energy Quest is an energy education website of the
California Energy Commission, and is very kid-friendly. Electricity
conservation is explained in a way that any kid can understand. There are
also a number of electricity-focused games for young children to play on
The U.S. Dept.
The Department of Energy’s overarching mission is to
advance the national, economic, and energy
security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological
innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental
cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. The Department’s strategic
goals to achieve the mission are designed to deliver results along five
strategic themes: energy security, nuclear security, scientific discovery,
environmental responsibility, and management excellence. For information on
anything relating to energy, this is a must-go website.
You’ve probably heard of the popular ENERGY STAR label,
most often linked to purchasing appliances and products that help make your
home more energy efficient. The label was designed to help make it easy for
consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that can save
on energy bills. But there’s much more to ENERGY STAR. First, it is a U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps
businesses and individuals save money and protect the climate through energy
efficiency. You can find information on ENERGY STAR products, but you can
also find answers to many common questions on how to achieve superior energy
efficiency in your home or business. With the Home Energy Yardstick (link is
on landing page), you can quickly assess the energy efficiency of your home
and see how it measures up. There’s also information on Federal tax credits
for energy efficiency, as well as a colorful section of the website
dedicated to helping kids learn how to become “energy stars.”
In Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, electric cooperatives
provide services to people in the region’s rural areas and emerging suburbs.
Cooperatives have long been deeply involved in their communities and today
many cooperatives have expanded their efforts to meet whatever needs exist
in their service area. This website is provided to you by the collective
efforts of these cooperatives. Calculate your home energy use with
easy-to-use tools, learn how to use energy efficiently, and stay up-to-date
on current events relating to energy-efficiency.