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Smart Energy

Organization(s) Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description The CT DEP Pollution Prevention Office developed a Smart Energy Game with EPA Pollution Prevention Grant funding from 2006 to help students and adults understand the benefits of choosing Energy Star appliances. The colorful backdrop explains how to play the game and describes the dollars saved and carbon dioxide emissions reduced with the seven Energy Star appliances in the game - refrigerators, TVs, computers, dishwashers, lights, dehumidifiers, and room air conditioners.

Fifth graders played the game at the Energy Awareness Conference held at Wesleyan in mid-March. Teams of six placed the game pieces representing standard efficiency appliances in one tube then placed the Energy Star equivalent of the same appliances in the second tube. Kilowatt-hours (kWh) are marked on the tube so the students took the two annual kWh totals and calculated the savings for their families if they were to switch out the seven appliances.

A second game, "Pay Me" focused on simple energy conservation measures, like turning off appliances. When asked what they would pledge to do to "be smart about energy," 15 of the 23 checked off "Talk to my parents about Energy Star appliances." All pledged to turn off or reduce using something – a light, the TV, the refrigerator; and ten pledged to change an incandescent light bulb to a compact fluorescent light.

Project Contact
Name Mary Sherwin
Phone 860-424-3246
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Energy Efficiency
Activity Keywords Funding and grants, Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 17 No. 1, Spring 2007 [PDF]


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