Team ENERGY STAR Share Your Story Twitter Party – Today!

Join Team ENERGY STAR

You may recall back in September an article I shared about a project my kids worked on with ENERGY STAR.  They created a photo essay for a "Share Your Story" contest that ENERGY STAR was running.  It was my sons project but my darling little tot decided to help her big brother out with the pictures. Today at 2pm EDT they will be announcing the winners of the contest on Twitter.  Each winner will win a suite of LG Electronics and have their pictures on display in Time Square on a big billboard!  Please join me this afternoon as we find out who the lucky kids are.  Just follow the #TeamENERGYSTAR hashtag on Twitter to learn more. To learn more about ENERGY STAR and to play some fun interactive games for kids visit them online. ... [ Read More ]

Team ENERGY STAR: Share Your Story

It's no secret that my kids are little eco-junkies just like their mama!  I was so excited when my son asked me to participate in the ENERGY STAR Share Your Story essay contest.  Now he wasn't too excited about writing an essay but he was excited about the prizes (I mean what 9 year old doesn't dream of winning some cool LG Electronics tools for back-to-school).  When he found out that he could do a photo or video essay I knew that he would have fun.  He started out trying to make a video using his Lego's but neither one of us are very talented with a video camera (or how to edit video footage).  What we do know how to do is take photos. Two weeks ago before school started he took his sister on a tour of our home trying to find all the ways that we save energy every day.  He took photos of he and his sister (and me) as we turned off lights, turned up the A/C, and showed our ENERGY STAR appliances.  He really had a good time and it was cute to see him working together with his sister ... [ Read More ]

5 Easy Summer Energy Saving Tips

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Did you know that in 2011 alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 41 million cars — all while saving $23 billion on their utility bills and reducing the pollution that contributes to heart disease, asthma and allergies.  Pretty impressive little fact, huh?  I bet you didn't think that "ENERGY STAR" sticker really made that big of a difference did you? 5 Easy Summer Energy Saving Tips Use more natural light.  Turn off the indoor lights and open the blinds.  Enjoy the natural light that the sun provides and you'll reduce your energy usage. Adjust the thermostat.  Keep your air conditioner set at 78F or higher during the summer months to maximize your energy efficiency.  Even if you set it higher when you aren't home and slightly cooler during the hours you are home you'll be saving money and energy. Line dry your clothing.  The summer months are the best time to line dry your laundry because ... [ Read More ]