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Three Ways to Teach Kids About Saving Energy
Children first learn about the world, life, and everything in it from their parents. You are your children’s first teachers, which is why it’s important to be aware of what you’re teaching your kids at an early age.
And with the planet in dire need of help, parents should start teaching their kids about conserving energy as young as possible. Here are three simple ways to teach kids about saving energy:
1. Talk to them about the environment
Use this opportunity to teach your kids about the environment and all living beings that call it home (including endangered and extinct animals), and why it needs their help to survive. Explain to them how conserving energy can help the environment. Turn it into a story-telling time complete with props to make it more fun.
2. Schedule gadget time
Mobile devices, especially tablets, have become the “electronic nanny” that most parents rely on, and while they do keep the children entertained for hours, too much screen time can have serious consequences on your child’s development.
Schedule gadget time to limit your child’s usage, and since parents should set an example, you and your spouse should also limit your usage. You can schedule specific hours where everyone will stop using all mobile devices. This will test your creativity, too, as you need to keep the kids entertained without any help from their electronic nannies.
3. Go carless
Whenever possible, take the bus or walk to your destination. You can teach kids about fuel efficiency, carbon emissions, and air pollution at the same time. You also teach your kids the importance of physical activity to stay fit and healthy. Additionally, going carless occasionally can give kids the opportunity to pause and enjoy their surroundings; to really take in everything that nature has given them (and you).
For more energy saving tips as well as energy conservation programs and advocacies you can support, please stay tuned to this site.
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3 Easy Ways to Start Conserving Energy at Home
There are many benefits to conserving energy—helping the planet heal as well as avoiding additional expenditures among them. So if you’ve been considering saving energy at home but have never gotten around to actually doing it, it’s in your best interests to start now.
Doing something for the first time can seem like the most intimidating thing in the world. Here’s the good news: saving energy isn’t all that hard. To help you get started, we’ve listed down some easy energy-conserving methods below.
1. Turn off devices when not in use
We’ve gotten so used to computers, televisions, air conditioners, tablets, and a host of other modern conveniences that we take for granted the fact that they consume energy. It may not seem like a big deal to leave the lights on in the hallway, but considering most people have numerous devices running simultaneously, we actually end up wasting more energy than we realize.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to switch off electronics and other types of devices when we’re not using them. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes when you get your electricity bill!
2. Use LED lights
LED light bulbs are far more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent light bulbs. And because they’ve become increasingly more popular over the last few decades, you won’t have trouble finding them in any hardware store.
LED bulbs boast other benefits. Compared to incandescent bulbs, they aren’t affected by cold weather, have a longer lifespan, don’t burn out, and come in a sturdier bust. That’s more bang for your buck!
3. Use smart thermostats
You can program a smart thermostat to lower its cooling/heating intensity or shut off altogether when you’re unable to, such as when you’re out of the house or asleep. This is an excellent and convenient way to conserve energy.
To add to the convenience, you can program and operate smart thermostats remotely using other devices, such as smartphones.
There are many other ways to save energy at home, but the above three tips should help you get started. For more energy conservation guides, kindly bookmark this blog!
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Wetlands have often been underrated as potential sites for energy generation. They are not stable enough to support traditional power plants and are rarely used for solar and wind power. While there have been attempts to use methane generated by decaying biomatter as fuel, the results of such attempts have been mixed. However, scientists in the Netherlands might have discovered a way to tap wetlands as power sources.
“Plant-e”, a technology developed by researchers from Wagenigen University in the central Netherlands, allows users to produce electricity from plants. In the Netherlands, much of the land is covered by water for at least part of the year. Organic matter, a product of photosynthesis, is used by a plant to grow. But not all of it can be used by the plant – much of it goes into the soil or other substrates, such as water, where the plant grows. Excess organic matter is broken down by microorganisms in the soil or water, and this decomposition process releases electrons.
The research team at Wagenigen was able to harness these loose electrons using specialized fuel cells stuck into the soil. These fuel cells then generate a low-voltage direct current. In a recent TEDx talk, one of the scientists demonstrated how Plant-e electrodes allowed him to charge his smartphone. In its current form, Plant-e generates just 0.4 watts per square meter of plant growth; however, scientists believe that the power production could go up to 3.2 watts per square meter.
Plant-e’s proponents believe that their solution could provide a substantial part of their country’s enery needs. It also has low environmental impact as well – the electrodes will not interfere with plant growth and uses only organic matter that plants don’t require to grow or survive. While the technology is still in its infancy, it won’t be surprising to see people charging their phones beside potted plants in the near future.
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