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Teaching Energy Efficiency at Home

At Watt Watchers of Texas, we believe that introducing kids of all ages to the benefits of energy efficiency—both for the planet and for our bills—is essential if they are to maintain an energy-efficient culture. For those Texas residents who homeschool their children and are looking for free homeschooling resources for energy education, we have developed free homeschooling resources you can use to educate your kids about saving energy.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch …

Like everyone in Texas, Lil’ Tex and Ann are at home when Ann notices something. “Tex! Get in here! We have trouble!”
“What is it?” he asked as he came running around the corner. “Oh no, we have to stop them!”
In front of the Watt Watchers the living room sat empty, but the television was playing and the lights were on.  The Wasters Gang had followed them home.
Here’s how you can track down the Wasters Gang at your house!

Free Homeschooling Resources

While many schools throughout the state of Texas have become a part of our energy education program and have implemented our lesson plans and activities in the classroom, homeschooled children may not have gotten access to the same resources. At Watt Watchers of Texas, we want everyone to be included and to do their part in saving energy, so we have developed lesson plans and many other free homeschooling resources for you to use at home when teaching your kids.
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We picked out some great activities for you to try at home!

Because we believe that saving energy is so important, we have made all of our materials free to school and homeschooling parents. There are enough costs and bills (including those energy bills we’re working to help you reduce!) to deal with, and these energy efficiency resources should not be another thing you feel obligated to pay for. We are happy to provide you with all of the free homeschooling resources you could ever need to teach your kids about energy conservation and the many benefits that accompany the process.

Meter Reading

Regardless of the type of meter you have, meter reading can be kind of tricky.
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Calculating Showers

Did you know it takes energy to run water? Water is a precious resource and wasting it not only wastes water but energy too. Reducing water waste saves water, energy, and money.
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Controlling Water with Building Blocks

Humans have used dams since ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations restricted the flow of rivers and the extent of floods with earth and mason structures. Either simple or complex, the purpose of the dam is to control the flow of water.
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Junk Art

This activity focuses on the “reuse” theme of reduce-reuse-recycle. Students collect waste materials (paper, bottles, cans, cardboard tubes, fabric, etc) and find other uses for them either practically, for a school project, or as art objects.
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How Much Food Do You Waste?

Students will track and measure their food consumption over two weeks to learn more about waste and strategies to reduce food waste.
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Water Conservation at Home

Reducing water waste saves water, energy, and money. Did you know, heating water alone counts for an average of 15% of total household energy use?
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Home Energy Survey

The Home Energy Survey and Energy Checklist are ways to make the students aware of how much energy they are using throughout the day.
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How Much Water Do You Use?

In this activity, students will learn how much water modern homes use by learning how to read a home meter and ways to conserve water usage.
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Don’t see one you like? Check out all of our energy education activities! They’re sorted by theme and grade, so there’s sure to be something there to help your kids expand their energy knowledge!
View all of our Energy Activities

Contact Our Energy Conservation Experts

We have all of the resources you will need no matter the age or grade level of your children. Our goal since 1985 has been to promote the energy conservation efforts of Texas residents and help to create more sustainability. Join us and let your kids join Lil’ Tex and Ann in their efforts rounding up the Wasters Gang!
Contact us today!
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