Educators

Before educating students and others on how to initiate energy efficiency projects at home, it’s helpful to make sure that you have the right information yourself! See below for educational resources and programs that can help students learn about proper energy use.   Educational Resources for Students  NEED.org’s Saving Energy at Home and School Teacher Guide:  Using this guide, Students explore energy sources, efficiency, and conservation with hands-on activities for the classroom and home environments. Each student receives a Home Energy Efficiency Kit that corresponds with the classroom lessons, and allows students to share what they have learned with their families. Visit the NEED.org website! Save on Energy’s Kid’s Learning Center:  Learn the ins and outs of saving energy with Nico!  Explore energy saving guides, information on how to live the green life, find picks for back-to-school season and more! ENERGY.gov’s Building Our Energy Future: Teaching Students the Significance of Energy Efficiency: Provides fact sheets, case studies and more to help teach students the significance of energy efficiency. Click here for more educational resources from Energy.gov. Energy.gov Energy Saver: The website contains smooth visual charts and graphs that not only provide helpful tips on how to save energy but also explain energy concepts that make it easy for all readers to understand. Visit the Energy Saver page for more information. Topics that the infographics provide information about include: Home Energy Audits Landscaping Water Heaters Home Cooling 10 Energy Saving Tips ENERGY STAR KIDS: This interactive website provides lessons plans, curriculums, activities and more that teachers can use to instruct students on how to save energy at home and why doing so...

Pick Your Role

Looking for help on how and why to make your home more energy efficient?  We’re here to help!  To get started, simply click on a link below for information created just for you. Homeowners:  An energy efficient home offers you great benefits now and if you choose to sell your home in the future.  Click here for information on: Simply DIY energy saving projects that will lower your energy bills and save you money. Steps to perform an energy audit on your home, or hire a professional to do one for you. Choosing the right energy-saving improvements to maximize your benefits. And much more! Renters:  Think that you can’t afford or aren’t able to make energy improvements in your rental home?  Think again!  There are many simple energy saving improvements that you can make, and some don’t cost any money at all!  Click here to learn how to: Make simple, cost-effective energy saving improvements that your landlord will appreciate. Change simple behaviors to save energy and money. Talk to your landlord about making energy saving improvements that will improve the durability of your rental home. And much more! Youth & Students:  Interested in learning about energy efficiency and how it can benefit you, your family and the environment?  Click here for helpful information on: The benefits of energy efficiency. How to make your home energy efficient. How energy efficiency and renewable energy (like solar power) work best together. And much more! Senior Citizens:  Looking to save money and lower your monthly costs?  Great!  Click here for helpful information on: Simple improvements that you can make in your home to...

Youth & Students

Looking for information for a class assignment?  Need help finding information on how saving energy is good for the planet?  You’ve come to the right place!  Several resources are provided below to help get you started! One useful tool that youth can use to learn about energy is the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s website for kids, students and teachers. Use it to find helpful information that can help you learn the answers to such questions as: What exactly is energy? How is energy produced? What can I do to conserve energy? What is some of the historical background of energy? Additionally, you can find energy games, activities and much more! Are You A High School Student? You can take steps in supporting energy efficiency and emphasizing the importance of sustainability by becoming an Action Fellow for Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)! The organization focuses on building leadership skills of youth who are passionate about advocating against climate change through retreats and weekly meetings that educate them on urgent issues and show them how to take on energy projects. For more information on the organization and how to apply, head to the ACE website! Jobs with the trades are in high demand in North Carolina and across the country.  Watch this short video on the value of an education that you won’t receive at a four-year college or university. Are You An Educator? Be sure to check out our Educators page too! It contains plenty of resources for educational materials and area program that can help with teaching students how to properly use energy. Youth-Related Energy Stories Energy Conservation Saves Pitt...

Senior Citizens

As people get older, smart energy use becomes more important. Take a look at some suggestions below from the NC Cooperative Extension’s Home Energy Management Program to help seniors with energy savings while maintaining their safety and comfort. Ensure Sufficient Lighting: As we age, we need greater amounts of light.  If you or someone you know has fading eyesight, decreased alertness, or uncertain balance, you may need to increase overall light levels in the home and in areas where tasks are performed.  To keep the same reading speed you had at 20, you need 50 percent more light than when you are 50, twice as much light when you are 60, and three times the amount of light when you are 80!  To help increase light output (lumens) without increasing energy use (watts), consider energy efficient light bulbs.  Replacing incandescent bulbs with lower wattage but higher lumen CFL or LED lights can help conserve energy without compromising the quality of light. for those who need it the most. Maintain Comfortable Temperatures: According to the the Centers for Disease Control,  the older we are, the more difficult it is to adjust to sudden temperature changes. Medications and chronic disease also influence the body’s ability to regulate temperature.  During the summer months, it is particularly important to make certain that older adults take measures to keep their home cool in an energy- and cost-efficient manner. Strategies you can use include properly using the air conditioning unit, bringing in portable fans and closing curtains to reduce heat gain. Also, keep in mind simple strategies such as ensuring windows are closed replacing air...