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Understanding and managing your energy starts at home. Not only does that mean turning off the lights when you leave the house and limiting water use, it also means educating your children on the importance of taking personal responsibility for their energy use.

That’s why Energy Upgrade California and the San Diego County Office of Education are teaming up to help kids learn about saving energy. By visiting elementary schools in San Diego, they will bring new NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) lessons to life and provide 4th and 5th graders with an opportunity to really make a difference in the world.

The kids will learn how energy works and how we use energy in our daily lives via interactive assemblies and an educational Bingo game. The California Bear—of state flag fame—will attend the assemblies to add to the fun and there will be games and prizes for everyone. All Bingo winners will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize! A lucky 4th and 5th grader will receive an iPad or a bicycle, be on television at NBC 7 San Diego, and receive an SDSU Aztec surprise package that includes receiving recognition before an Aztec football game!

Coming up November 2-15, it’s your turn to help California Stay Golden!  NBC 7 and Energy Upgrade California are partnering to give you a chance to win an Energy Star Appliance valued at up to $2,000 and we will be giving away 100 home energy kits ($25 value). Follow NBC 7 on Facebook for details and to enter for your chance to win starting November 2.

Energy Upgrade California is a state initiative to help Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources. Kids can lead the charge in helping their families learn about ways to reduce energy waste. We will show them how with all kinds of tips and tricks, which you can learn right here.

Here are some example tips:

  • Open the curtains or blinds on winter days
  • Adjust your refrigerator’s temperature – the colder the temp the more energy it uses, so set your thermostat between 35 and 38 degrees
  • Keep your freezer full
  • Take 5 minute showers to save both water and energy

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