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Save Money, Be Energy Efficient!

Author: ; Published: Sep 13, 2012; Category: Education outreach, Energy, Energy Education; Tags: , , ; Comments: Comments Off

Did you know that a typical American family spends nearly $2,000 per year on their home energy bills? With much of that money, however, is wasted on air leaks and drafts- accoring to Here’s a new blog post courtesy of the site!


With fall right around the corner — and cooler temperatures on their way — we are relaunching our website with fresh updates that will help you and your family save money by saving energy.

Our Energy Saver site is well known for practical tips and advice on making homes more energy efficient, but we’re adding a new feature called “Savings Projects” — articles with easy, step-by-step, do-it-yourself instructions to home energy efficiency improvements that will save you money. The first two projects, which focus on caulking and weatherstripping, explain how to seal air leaks around windows and door frames, with information on the expected costs and the time needed to complete each project. Each one will provide visitors to the site with low-cost ways to lower their energy bills.

Energy Saver Tips, one of the site’s most popular features, offers practical ideas for reducing household energy consumption — such as using a programmable thermostat to reduce heating and cooling bills or upgrading light bulbs to save money. The site also provides information about local tax credits, rebates and energy efficiency financing that may be available in your community. 

As part of this upgrade, we’ve also incorporated into our platform, which will give it more visibility and make it easier to access important Energy Saver content from throughout the agency’s website. 

The bottom line is this: saving energy saves you money. In many cases, families can cut their energy bills by as much as 20 or 30 percent by making energy efficiency upgrades like the ones found on And don’t forget to bookmark the site, because we’ll continue to add new “Savings Projects” and other valuable information that will help you and your family save money by saving energy.

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EnergySavers- Tips on Saving Money and Energy at Home

Author: ; Published: Jul 26, 2012; Category: Energy Education, Energy sources; Tags: , , ; Comments: Comments Off

Saving money, do-it-yourself tips, and energy information are things always on people’s minds. The U.S. Department of Energy has compiled a user-friendly guide to being energy efficient and in turn, allowing you to reap the monetary and lifestyle benefits in the process.

Right in your own home, you have the power to save money and energy – good for your wallet and for the environment. This guide shows you how easy it is to cut your energy use at home and also on the road. The easy, practical solutions for saving energy include tips you can use today—from the roof and landscaping to appliances and lights.

Whether it’s home energy and money savings tips on things such as insulation, weatherization, heating, cooling, water heating, energy efficient windows, landscaping, lighting, and energy efficient appliances, they’re all here assembled for your use.

Take a look, put it in action, get the family involved, take these tips to the classroom, and let us know which tips worked the best for you!

Download EnergySavers – Tips on Saving Money and Energy at Home: and find even more information about saving money and energy at home by visiting

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Vampire Energy – Ah, Ah, Ah

Author: ; Published: Oct 26, 2011; Category: Energy, Energy Conservation, Energy Education, Environment; Tags: , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

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Beware! Vampire energy could be lurking behind every corner in your house. You might ask yourself “What is vampire energy and how can I protect myself?”

Vampire energy is electrical power used by appliances and equipment while switched off or not performing their primary function, often waiting to be activated. This loss of energy is known as standby or vampire energy, it’s fairly small but increasing in households across the globe.

Modern appliances and electronic devices that have lights or digital displays receive signals continuously and act like vampires sucking energy even when they are turned off!

Listed are a few simple things you can do at home to cut down on vampire energy.

  • unplug your appliances and portable chargers when not in use
  • use a power strip for things like your computer, fax machine and printer and then turn the power strip off.
  • Purchase appliances that use less energy, look for the Energy Star labels

Some of the biggest culprits that waste energy in our homes are the adapters that come with rechargeable or battery-powered devices such as cordless phones, cell phones, digital cameras, music players, and power tools. They can draw power when plugged in whether the device is fully charged or connected.

By doing these simple tasks at home, you can save energy, save money, and take a bite out of vampire energy!

Learn more ways to save energy!

Participate in America’s Home Energy Education Challenge!

Author: ; Published: Sep 7, 2011; Category: Classroom materials, Education outreach, Energy, Energy Conservation, Energy Education, Energy sources, Environment, Uncategorized; Tags: , , , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

Home Energy Education Challenge

Guest Author – Matthew Maguire Inman, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, United States Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

It’s that time again: Back to school season is officially here! Time for students to prepare for the new experiences and challenges that they will encounter throughout the upcoming school year.

One such challenge—from the Department of Energy in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association—aims to tap into the creativity and enthusiasm of students across the country.

America’s Home Energy Education Challenge is designed to educate students in grades 3-8 about the benefits of energy efficiency, and motivate them to encourage their families and communities to put energy and money-saving ideas learned in the classroom into action at home.

“This exciting competition is designed to inspire the next generation of energy leaders to take simple and affordable steps today that will save money and get them thinking about energy issues at an early age,” said Energy Secretary Chu.

There are two ways for teachers, students and families to participate: The first is through the Home Energy Challenge and the second is through the Energy Fitness Award. Each is designed to encourage learning about science and energy with the added benefit of saving money by saving energy. The Home Energy Challenge encourages students to work with their families to reduce home energy use—monitoring energy savings over a three-month period. Schools with the highest number of points earned for reducing household energy usage, student participation, creativity and overall quality of their local energy savings program qualify for awards.

The Energy Fitness Award is a separate individualized educational challenge scheduled to begin September 20, 2011. Modeled after the President’s Physical Fitness Test, the Energy Fitness Award encourages students to complete specific tasks, such as interpreting a home energy bill and learning how to conduct a home energy assessment, and then demonstrate their learning and proficiency. The Energy Fitness Award will challenge students to become smart energy users. Each student who successfully completes the components of the Energy Fitness Award will receive an Energy Fitness Badge.

Participating schools and classrooms, as well as Home School networks, will compete within 11 regions for more than $200,000 in prizes distributed at the regional and national levels. Official registration for the Home Energy Education Challenge began August 15, and ends on October 7, 2011. Students are encouraged to register with their teachers by September 30, 2011 to take advantage of the full energy savings period.

For more information, visit the Home Energy Education Challenge website. And for more on how saving energy saves you money, visit the Energy Savers and Kids Saving Energy pages. Also, visit for tips on how you can save more energy at home!

The Ambassadors for Pakistan have done it again!

Author: ; Published: Aug 16, 2011; Category: Classroom presentations, Education outreach, Energy, Energy Conservation, Energy Education, Energy sources, Engineering Careers, Renewable energy, Science, SPE members, Technology, Uncategorized, Volunteering; Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

Ambassadors for Pakistan

For the second year in a row, the “Ambassadors for Pakistan” have made several visits in their community presenting energy awareness and making an impact! The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) NED University Student Chapter in Karachi, Pakistan, conducted five Energy4me presentations this year in secondary schools, colleges and universities in Pakistan.

The student-run program promotes SPE and educates the surrounding schools about the oil and gas industry and the challenges facing it today.

The schools they visited

  1. Abdullah Government College
  2. The Fahim’s A-Levels School System
  3. CharterHouse Public School
  4. A.M.S.B Al-Madrast-us-Saifyat-ul-Burhaniya
  5. Jinnah University For Women

Energy4me and SPE would like to express our thanks to the commitment and continued efforts of this student chapter!

Ambassadors for Pakistan Team (2009-present)

  • Hernan Buijs- SPE Student Development Committee Officer (mentor, motivator, and visit sponsor)
  • M Turab Mehdi – Ambassadors for Pakistan – Team Executive Head & Planner
  • Tabinda Saeed – HR Manager
  • Syeda Hasan- Team Manager

New presenters added this year.

  • Sidra Chughtai – Presenter
  • Omer Ashan – Presenter
  • Shahzeb Barber – Presenter
  • Eijaz Danish – Presenter
  • Mufaddal Murtaza – Presenter

Energy4me encourages young industry leaders to get involved in their community by giving classroom presentations or holding educational outreach programs like the SPE NED student chapter. These presentations make a huge impact and inspire future generations!

Share with us your contributions and outreach efforts in your community that you are already making with Energy4me and email us at or read more on how you can get involved in your community!

Again, thank you to the SPE NED University Student Chapter on your continued education outreach efforts in Pakistan!