Using the Energy Savings & Usage Calculator, we were able to find out how much money we could save by switching to more energy efficient GE bulbs. Armed with that knowledge, we headed to Walmart to turn that savings into something good by buying some school supplies to donate to our non-profit preschool.
We all picked out a few things that we know the school could really use. The number one item being Elmer's Washable School Glue.
We also took a look at all the light bulb choices to decide which ones we were going to switch out first. The kids picked the living room since we spend a lot of time in there together and we found some great bulbs that were perfect for our floor lamps.
Once we got home, we gathered our supplies to work on our presentation.
We made a rough model of our house, showing all of the light fixtures. Isn't it fancy?
I made some "energy efficient" cut-outs to glue onto our board every time we switched out some light bulbs. Since we just did the living room, I let the kids glue on the new bulbs to show the change. I made a little pocket so that the bulbs will be ready for the next switch.
The next day we donated our savings to school in the form of Elmer's school supplies. They were so grateful for the supplies and it made us feel great to do something good for a local school! For more information on how you can help out in your community, check out Champions for Kids.
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