Power Your Week

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Instructions!

Have you ever wondered how much energy you and your family use in a typical week? Let's find out!

Go step-by-step through the pages of Power Your Week to see how many kilowatt-hours you use every day by cooking dinner, watching TV, or even cleaning your room. Dr. E will keep track of how much energy you use, and at the end you can see how much energy you use to Power Your Week.

What's a kilowatt-hour (kWh)?

Find out in our glossary!

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Food and Drink!

Dr. E

Your choices for breakfast can have a marked effect on your energy use - and on your own energy! Tell me how often you usually eat each kind of food for breakfast, and we'll start calculating how much energy you use in your home.

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Food and Drink!

What do you eat and drink for breakfast every week?

  • Coffee makers date back to the Turks in 575 A.D.
  • Remember, hot coffee—and a hot coffee maker—can be dangerous. Always be careful!
  • Wow—with all that coffee, getting to sleep must be difficult!
  • Milk or juice are often healthy options; just remember that 100% juice is best!
  • The occasional fried breakfast is okay—just don't overdo it!
  • Remember that hot oil can be dangerous—and so can a hot range!
  • Whole-grain toast with a fruit spread is delicious, and much healthier than pastries.
  • Remember to unplug your toaster once you've made your toast—and never try to pry bread out of a toaster with metal silverware!
  • Cereal is delicious and nutritious. Remember that whole grains and cereal without a lot of sugar is best!
  • If you like a sweet treat for breakfast, try adding a sprinkle of sugar over an unsweetened cereal—it's a much healthier option than a pre-sweetened cereal.
  • Smoothies are a healthy, tasty and nutritious breakfast option—just remember, you don't need to add sugar; fruit is sweet enough!
  • Always be careful when using a blender—those blades can be sharp!
  • Watch out that you don't turn into a blueberry!
Remember to always turn off the cooking appliances in your kitchen after you've finished using them.

Food and Drink!

What do you usually eat for lunch and dinner?

  • Always be sure to check with your parents before using the oven!
  • Be sure to use the oven at the appropriate temperature and with pots that are appropriately sized for the food you are cooking.
  • Toaster ovens use a lot less energy than regular ovens—and cook your food just as well!
  • Remember that toaster ovens can get very hot!
  • Pasta has been being made since at least the 4th Century B.C.!
  • Microwaves are quick, convenient, and use less energy than ovens.
  • Never put anything metal inside your microwave—it can be dangerous and will damage the microwave!
Meals you can cook in a single pot—like soups and stews—can be delicious, and use less energy to prepare.

How's the Weather?

Dr. E

Keeping your house cool in the summer or warm in the winter is one of the biggest uses of energy within your home—find out how the temperature can affect typical energy usage.

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How's the Weather?

Let's make sure the house is comfortable! Click and drag the slider below.

Heating and cooling your home can use loads of energy, so be smart about how you use your air conditioning or heat pump!
  • Freezing! - Heat pump day and night. Setting your thermostat at 68° in the winter will keep you warm and avoid using too much energy on a cold day. Remember that you can always layer your clothing!
  • Cold - Heat pump at night. Programmable thermostats can help keep your home warm when you need heating, without running up energy use during the day while you are away.
  • Chilly - Space heaters. Make sure to unplug your space heaters when you go to sleep or leave the room!
  • Mild - Just right. On mild days, layering clothing or opening and closing windows to adjust the temperature is a great option!
  • Warm - Open windows and use fans. Electric fans don't actually cool the air—they just move it. But, by circulating the air and moving it over your skin, fans help you feel cooler on a hot day.
  • Hot - Occasional air conditioning. Be sure to close your windows if you run the air conditioning!
  • Scorcher! - A/C day and night. Setting your thermostat at 78° in the summer will keep you cool while keeping energy usage under control.

Time to Clean House

Dr. E

In the next step, we'll tackle some chores around the house. Click on the icons to plan the kinds of chores you'll help with in a typical week—and we'll help you understand the energy you're using in the process!

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Time to Clean House

How many times a week do you:

  • Using an Energy Star® dishwasher rather than hand-washing dishes will save you money and use less energy!
  • Always use your dishwasher at full capacity... but don't over-fill it!
  • Rinsing your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher isn't necessary—and can even make your glassware look cloudy!
  • The first electric washing machines were introduced to America in the early 1900s.
  • Lower temperature settings will get your clothes clean while saving on energy use.
  • Try to load your washing machine to capacity if possible!
  • Make sure you empty the lint filter every time you use the dryer!
  • In good weather, hanging clothes to dry outside uses entirely free solar energy to dry your clothes.
  • Always use an ironing board when ironing your clothes.
  • If there is any damage to the electric cord on the iron, do not use it—otherwise, there could be the risk of an electric shock.
  • The vacuum cleaner was invented in 1860.
Remember, not all energy comes out of a plug in the wall! Your energy helping out around the house can help power up your parents!

It's Not ALL Work!

For how many hours do you entertain yourself with these on a typical day?

  • An Energy Star®-qualified television uses about 30% less energy than a standard television.
  • The invention of the television was the result of the work by many inventors, scientists and engineers in the 1800s and early 1900s.
  • Remember, getting play and exercise outside is good for you!
  • Did you know that a modern game console is more powerful than the flight computer on the Atlantis Space Shuttle was?
  • The video game console market is one of the fastest growing in consumer electronics.
  • Make sure to enable your computer's power saving options to save energy when you're not using it.
  • Remember to recycle old computers—many computer manufacturers offer recycling or trade-in programs.
  • It's a good idea to power down your computer when you're not using it.
  • Playing outside is fun and healthy—and doesn't use up power around the house!
  • Reading books instead of playing with the computer or console is good for your brain—and for the planet!
  • Modern e-books like Kindles, Nooks and iPads are cool—but remember, a good old-fashioned book uses even less energy!
  • Playing music too loud isn't good for your hearing—and it even uses more energy!
It's a good idea to unplug devices when you're not using them - even turned off, your game console or computer still uses energy!
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You've Powered Your Week!

By your selections, it looks like it's going to take approximately 0 kWh to power your week. Want to try again or—better yet—share with your friends to see how they stack up?

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Dr. E's Energy Tip

Remember to always turn off the cooking appliances in your kitchen after you've finished using them.

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