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Become a DNREC certified energy saver with
Snuggle Up and Save Winter Scavenger Hunt
Kids and families can reduce energy use,
save money and protect the environment

DOVER (Dec. 28, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate encourages kids and families to become certified energy savers by making their homes more energy efficient against winter weather with the “Snuggle Up and Save” Winter Scavenger Hunt.  By making a few changes around their homes, families can reduce energy use, save money and help protect the environment.

Our homes lose heat and energy in ways we don’t immediately realize – through leaky windows or electric chargers that are left plugged in when they’re not being used. Combined with our rush to keep warm in the winter, this can mean higher energy use and more costly energy bills,” said Division of Energy and Climate Director Phil Cherry. “The "Snuggle Up and Save” Winter Scavenger Hunt is a fun and educational activity that walks families through some simple, low-cost ways to improve their home’s energy efficiency and keep warm without bumping up the thermostat.”

Kids and adults can use the room-by-room guide to search for ways to reduce energy use and keep out winter’s cold air. Kids who complete at least two items in each room will earn their Certified Energy Saver certificate, mailed to their home, and may have their first name and town featured on the Division of Energy and Climate's website. Parents and guardians are also invited to tweet pictures of completed tasks @EnergyClimateDE.

A printable copy of ”Snuggle Up and Save” Winter Scavenger Hunt can be found on the Division of Energy and Climate’s energy efficiency webpage, or on their Facebook page. To receive the certified energy saver certificate, email or call 302-735-3480.

Many families can cut their energy bills by 20 - 30 percent by making basic energy efficiency upgrades or taking energy conservation measures, like turning off lights when not in use and turning down the thermostat. In addition, good energy habits are environmentally responsible and set a great example for children in conservation and stewardship.

The scavenger hunt is a great activity for kids and families to complete while students are on winter break, or at any point throughout the winter season. Activities include:

·         Put throws or blankets in common areas to snuggle up in instead of turning up the heat.

·         Unplug electric chargers and electronics that are fully charged or aren’t being used.

·         Draw a map of your town, including stores, schools, and other places traveled on a regular basis. Plan out a route that covers daily trips with the shortest path and the least fuel.

For more information, contact Caren Fitzgerald, community relations officer, Division of Energy and Climate at 302-735-3480.

Visit DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate webpage for more programs, including The Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income families and the Sustainable Energy Utility which provide support in home energy efficiency. Additionally, visit to learn about incentives for emissions-saving electric cars and alternative fuels.       

Vol 45, No. 437

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