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Let's be more energy efficient

• Mar 30, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Girl Scout Troop 4177 selected a project to educate the community on ways to save energy for its “Get Moving! Journey.” As part of their project, the girls visited the Grand Haven Tribune to learn how they could share their findings with the community. The following is their report: 

People are using too much energy every day and everywhere. You may not know how much energy you take for granted, until it stops.

By reducing our energy use, we can save our earth, insects, plants, animals and us! As a community we can work together to save energy.

Here are some ways to save money and energy at your home:

• When you are at home and in the kitchen, remember to not leave the fridge open and turn off all of the appliances before leaving.

• During winter and summer when heat and AC are often used, have proper insulation and set thermostats to conserve energy.

• Try monitoring the water usage by taking shorter showers, turning off the faucet when it is not necessary, as well as using energy-efficient products when doing laundry.

There are more ways to be energy efficient, not just inside but also outside:

• Plan your stops of your route before leaving home. This will save unneeded trips.

• Carpooling is a great way you can save energy, but remember to turn off your car when you are waiting.

• Another option is to set up a walking school bus. A walking school bus is where a group of people can walk to school together. It is always a good idea to use natural energy when possible.

Our troop did an energy challenge. We challenged ourselves to not use any energy for four hours. This is harder than you think. We chose to use daylight to read books, make crafts, spend time with our family, walk our pets, and play outside. Snacks were taken from the pantry instead of the fridge, but the hardest part of our challenge was not using water in the home. Many of us made the mistake of flushing the toilet.

It was a great learning experience. We encourage you to try your own four-hour challenge.

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