Your “From the Crew” article in the recent issue of Home Power was great (“Energy Lessons in Action” in HP158.) I agree that showing your kids actual numbers is a very effective way for them to understand the concept of energy usage.
A very helpful energy-saver is an “occupancy sensor”—a replacement for a light switch. As the name implies, it has a motion detector that turns on the lights in a room when someone is present, and turns them off after the room is vacated. These are available at almost every hardware store around the country, and the cost range is $20 to $28 per switch. They are as easy to install as a new light switch. The nice thing about these switches is that it eliminates the need to constantly remind (both kids and adults) about conserving energy.
Jeff Siegel • via email