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Energy Star contest for kids

by Lynn and Corey

Is saving energy routine in your house or do you have prod and remind your kids to turn off the lights and shut the fridge door instead of standing in front of it while making up their minds what to take for a snack?

Either way, you can help improve their energy wasting behaviors and get them thinking by suggesting they enter the EPA’s Energy Star contest.

Kids can enter by submitting a written story, photo essay, video, slide show, or drawing to show what they have learned about energy efficiency. Once created, they’ll need to upload it to the ENERGY STAR story page. Deadline for submissions is September 17, 2012.

Prizes include:

  • The new Lorax DVD, which will go to the first 100 kids to submit essays
  • 25 winners will receive ENERGY STAR qualified electronics products donated by LG Electronics, including computer monitors and televisions, smart phones, and mouse scanners
  • Top winners will also be featured in New York’s Times Square on the LG billboard.
  • Some of the winners may have a chance to participate in ENERGY STAR day in October with EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

Kids who enter also will receive a certificate of appreciation from EPA Administrator Jackson (hopefully on 100% recycled paper).

So gather the kiddies and have them put on their thinking caps to come up with as many fun ways to save energy as possible. (If you’re stuck for ideas, we have a few here.)

Even if your child doesn’t win the contest, we’re betting that the discussion alone will help your family save energy and money as well as have fun!

Looking forward to seeing your child’s entry.

This post was part of a carnival on the topic hosted by Big Green Purse.

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and authors of  Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, and founders of Green Halloween®.

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