Using energy wisely means being efficient. We use energy everyday at home, at school, at work, and even when you're playing. By saving energy you're helping to save the world's energy resources like gas, oil and water and you're also saving money on your utility bills. Best of all, by using energy wisely we can cut down on pollutants in the air and water, making a better environment for everyone.

Think about what would happen if there wasn't enough energy
… there would be no light to turn on when it got dark … there would not be any hot water for the shower or heat for your house in the winter … no gas or oil to drive the car … so there are lots of reasons we should save energy.

Here are a few things you can do to start saving more energy:

The lights and television use electrical energy
so when you leave the room, shut them off.

During the day when it is brighter outside, open the curtains and use the sunlight instead of turning on the lights.

Don't leave windows or doors open when the heat or air conditioning is on. This makes the furnace and AC have to work harder to heat and cool a room.

When you have a sunny day, help hang the
clothes outside instead of using the dryer.

Don't leave the water dripping
in the faucet.

Turn off the dishwasher right before the
drying cycle and let the dishes air dry.

Don't leave the refrigerator door open.
Decide what you want BEFORE you open the door.

Instead of cooking, once a week have a sandwich night.
Not cooking saves gas and electricity.

Plant trees and shrubs. Deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves) are best to block the sun in the summer and, when the leaves fall, they let the sun shine through in the winter helping to warm your house.

There are a lot more ways to save energy and it's important that everyone pitches in. Check out our checklist on things your family can do to save energy. Together we can all save energy!

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