Energy is there whenever we need it, so it's easy to forget where it comes from and how much it can cost. Energy isn't free. Every day we use energy in our homes and we pay for every unit that we use. So saving energy also saves money.

Wasting energy is not good for the environment either. Some of the energy sources we depend on, like natural gas, can't be replaced. Once we use them up, they're gone forever. Another problem is that many forms of energy can cause pollution.

You can help!

Every time you turn off a light, shut down your computer or close the refrigerator door, you're saving energy.

You can also help by reminding adults to buy energy-efficient light bulbs, buy energy-efficient appliances and use the clothes dryer less often.

There are lots of easy ways to save energy at home – and all those energy-savers add up to a big impact on the environment.

Here are some other tips:

  • Turn off the lights – do this when you are not using them.
  • Replace old light bulbs – use energy-efficient light bulbs.
  • Turn them off – your computer, TV, CD or DVD player and other small appliances use electrical energy, so turn them off when you are finished using them.
  •  Make your mind up – work out what you need from the fridge and then grab it quickly! An open fridge door wastes so much energy.
  • Have shorter showers – take five-minute showers; that's all you need! Ask your parents to install energy-efficient shower heads so you can have the same-quality shower while using less hot water.
  • Check for leaks – a leaky tap wastes water and a leaky hot-water tap wastes the energy used to heat the water as well! Tell an adult about any leaks you find.
  • Turn down the heat – don't leave the heater on all day or night; turn it off once the room is warm.
  • Shut the door – when the heat in your home is on, prevent heat from escaping by closing doors quickly when you enter or leave the house.
  • Wash wisely – wait until the dishwasher is full before turning it on and store up all your dirty clothes before putting on a load of washing.
  • Use the clothes line – don't use the dryer unless you have to. The clothes line is best; use the power of the sun and the wind to dry your clothes.
  • Try using the microwave instead of the oven – it uses much less power.