10 Million Kilowatt-Hours
The goal of the My Energy Kit Challenge is to save 10 million kilowatt-hours of energy during the 2016-17 school year. But what does saving 10 million kilowatt-hours mean?
A kilowatt-hour, or kWh, is a measurement of energy that describes the electricity used (1,000 watts) over a length of time (one hour).
In other words, 10 million kilowatt-hours is a LOT of energy! Saving that amount of energy is equivalent* to:
- Planting over 175,000 TREES
- Taking nearly 1,500 CARS off the road for an entire year
- Conserving the electricity from over 1,000 HOMES for an entire year
How will we save all of that energy?
With the help of all the schools that host The Conservation Caper and Energy Agents. Every family that takes the My Energy Kit challenge and requests a FREE Energy Kit can use it to save energy at home.
Every Energy Kit used makes a real difference. When you install energy-efficient showerheads, replace light bulbs, and insulate your switches and outlets, the energy saved every day adds up!
Check out how the Energy Kit items save energy:
LED bulbs use 85% less energy than regular incandescent light bulbs and last over five times longer. The 9-watt LED bulbs provided in this kit have a lifespan of 25,000 hours. When installed, an individual LED bulb can save you several dollars on your electric bill every year!
This energy-efficient showerhead is a terrific tool to conserve water in your home. A standard showerhead uses about 3.8 gallons of water per minute. This water-saving showerhead uses 1.5 gallons per minute, without sacrificing any water pressure. The showerhead features a 9-jet adjustable turbo massage that easily rotates from a gentle needle spray to a forceful jet. And of course, when you use less water, your water heater conserves energy as well!
Like the showerhead, the kitchen and bathroom aerators make a huge difference toward conserving water in your home. Most modern faucets pour out about 2.2 gallons per minute (GPM), and older faucets use even more. These aerators help your faucets use less water—the kitchen aerator uses 1.5 GPM, and the bathroom aerator, only 1 GPM. The aerators work by injecting air into the stream. This boosts the water pressure, yet reduces the water used.
A lack of proper home insulation is often an unknown culprit to wasting energy. Any heat that escapes means that your home’s heating system has to work that much harder to keep your home warm. These insulators for your switches and outlets help to seal small gaps that cause heat loss in your home, and in doing so, they help to conserve energy.
Have YOU taken the My Energy Kit Challenge? If not, what are you waiting for? Request your FREE Energy Kit and use it to save energy in your home. Together, we can make a big difference.Request your FREE Energy Kit