08:06 Wednesday 23 January 2013

Kids Pressure Parents to Save Energy

Written byRachael West

The Scout Association and energy company E.ON have launched a new partnership to help young people understand energy use at home.

Research amongst 6 – 14 year olds has shown over two thirds of young people are pressuring adults to turn off and unplug electrical appliances to save energy, with almost two thirds also pushing their peers to do the same.

Over two thirds of young people are pressuring adults to turn off and unplug electrical appliances to save energy. Girls are most concerned about environmental cost of wasting energy, whereas boys are more concerned about the financial costs.

According to new research, over two-thirds (68%) of young people are using their ‘kidfluence’ to pressure parents, teachers and family members to turn off and unplug electrical appliances when not in use.

The findings have revealed a real enthusiasm amongst young people to become more energy aware, as nearly half of young people admitted they are annoyed by energy wastefulness.

Understanding How Much Energy you Use

E.ON is now launching a partnership with The Scout Association to educate young people about energy and how to get energy fit in their homes.

Suzanne Doxey, Community Relations Manager at E.ON, said: “It’s great to see such enthusiasm for energy from the younger generation.

“We know that young people have a huge influence on how much energy is used at home. That’s why we’re partnering with The Scout Association to launch a programme of activity to help young people better understand – and help educate their families about – what energy is and how many watts everyday gadgets and appliances actually use.”

Over a third of young people now believe that we’ll be using less energy in five years’ time because of steps they are taking now.

Young people are also showing more consideration for renewable energies as over half think that the majority of energy we’ll be using in five years will be generated by the sun.

With the majority of young people claiming they can’t live without their smartphones, TVs, laptops, iPads, PCs and Kindles, renewable technologies will be even more important to the next generation.

The survey also revealed that young people believe that advanced gadgets will allow people to better manage their energy usage, with nearly half of 14 year olds thinking that smartphones will control energy use in the home in years to come.

Elizabeth Harvey from The Scout Association said: “We’re excited about the opportunity for Scouts to help get British homes energy fit. It’s clear energy awareness is a burning issue for young people and we’re joining forces with E.ON to help our members really make a difference to their families’ energy use and bills.”

To give you an idea about how much energy you use at home, this is how long typical household appliances can run on just one kilowatt (or one unit) of energy:

Kettle
20 mins
Hair straighteners 50 mins
Electric Oven 1 hour
Plasma TV 2 hours 52 mins
Desktop PC 12 hours 40 mins
Light bulb 16 hours 40 mins
Laptop 40 hours
Nintendo Wii 58 hours 49 mins
DVD Player 111 hours 6 mins
Smartphone charger 1000 hours
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