Water Conservation at Home

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. Did you know, heating water alone counts for an average of 15% of total household energy use?  Conservation is the careful utilization of[…]

Recycling and Reusing Plastic

Plastic is everywhere. It is the cup that you drink out of, the straw in your drink and the chair that you sit on. Plastic can be very useful and important, and it comes in many forms. Some of these forms are used often and for many years, while others are used only once and[…]

Learn What’s Recyclable

Know What You Can Recycle Paper and cardboard are examples of materials that are always recyclable, as long as they aren’t soiled with food. If they are soiled you should place them in a compost bin. Learn The Recycling Symbol This symbol means that a material is recyclable. This symbol is often found on the[…]

How Much Waste Do You Make at Home?

The average American produces 4.4 pounds of waste daily, including recyclable and compostable material. Waste comes from uneaten food, packaging, broken materials and more. So, how much waste do you produce? Setting the Stage: Give each member of your household a trash bag for their trash. You can place the bags in individual trash cans[…]

About Recycling

What is Recycling? Recycling is when you convert waste into a reusable material. The recycled material is processed and transformed into material that can be reused. It’s old material, but good as new! Why Recycle? Recycling is an important way to reduce waste, conserve resources and decrease costs. By reusing materials to create new materials[…]

Student Patrol Program

The Student Patrol Program is the heart of the Watt Watchers of Texas. Your students will join Lil’ Tex and Ann as official Watt Watchers, helping to save Texas by rounding up the Wasters Gang. Here are some steps you should take in setting up your program: 1. You’ve already taken the first step: access[…]

Recycled Art Contest

Your recycling project may need a little boost and doing a recycled art contest is a great way to get people pumped up about recycling. One way to do this simple project is to have grade levels compete against each other. You might want to select the recycled material—for instance everyone must use recycled cans[…]

Unplug the Extras During Long Breaks

Do teachers at your school have microwaves, small refrigerators, lamps, and other appliances in their classrooms? A great project to do before long breaks from school is to distribute a reminder announcement about unplugging those items. There is no need to keep a refrigerator plugged in to cool something that is going to be moldy[…]

Light Switch Covers

This is a great project to help teachers and students remember to turn their lights off when they leave the classroom. It is also a very easy project to do. You can use our basic template or make your own. Start off by measuring different light switch plates in your school. You can make a[…]

Energy Trip Ticket

Background Information: Students use energy every day without thinking about where it comes from, how it arrives or even that they are using it. This activity will help to make students aware of their energy usage by making them “pay” for each energy trip they make throughout the day. This activity will also get students thinking about ways they can conserve or eliminate[…]