About the Think! Energy program
Think! Energy programs are designed to support energy education in the classroom and help families save energy, water and money.
Take Action! Kit
How do I install the items in my kit?
For help with installing kit items, check out the installation help videos here.
Are there copies of installation instructions in languages besides English?
Download a copy of the Installation Instructions that are inside your kit in English and Spanish.
Home Energy Worksheet
How do I submit my Home Energy Worksheet?
- Enter your Teacher ID found at the top of your Home Energy Worksheet here.
- Complete the form to the best of your ability. If you are unsure of an answer, please leave it blank.
- Once submitted, please record the confirmation number on the top of your Home Energy Worksheet and return to your teacher.
- Fill out the paper worksheet and return it to the classroom teacher.
Teachers: Need more Home Energy Worksheets?
Check the emails from your scheduler for a link to your personalized Home Energy Worksheet with your Teacher ID printed on it.
How do students earn their incentive?
By returning the Home Energy Worksheet either online or to their teacher before the deadline.
Why should we install LED bulbs?
LEDs use significantly less energy than traditional light bulbs (75-90% less). If every American home replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified LED, we would save enough energy to light 2 million homes for a year, more than $460 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 550,000 cars.
LED bulbs are more efficient than the equivalent CFL bulbs. LED bulbs also do not contain mercury and are safe to dispose of in the trash when they need to be replaced, although it is better to recycle them where you can. Check lamprecycle.org for more information on recycling LEDs and CFLs in your community.
The useful life of LED lighting products is defined differently than that of other light sources, such as incandescent or CFL. This is because LEDs typically do not “burn out” or fail. Instead, they experience lumen depreciation, where the amount of light produced decreases and light color appearance can shift over time. Instead of basing the useful life of an LED product on the time it takes for 50% of a large group of lamps to burn out (as is the case with traditional sources), LED product “lifetime” is set based on a prediction of when the light output decreases 30 percent.
An ENERGY STAR® certified LED bulb the ones in your Take Action Kit can last about 22 years – that means a bulb installed in a newborn’s nursery won’t have to be changed until he or she graduates from college!
Information Source: ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov, accessed July, 2017.