Disclosure: I was given tickets to the Ontario Science Centre to facilitate this review. As always, I only share things I love with my readers.
This is the week that many parents both love and dread at the same time – March Break! It’s fun to spend time with the kids, doing fun activities, but it’s the planning that can be difficult and time-consuming.
So, I kept it simple this year… museums, neighbourhood walks, a visit to our local toy store and some fun outings with family friends. One of them was a trip to the Ontario Science Centre. My kids have been there a few times before, but it’s nice to go back regularly to see what’s new.
We had heard about a new addition, The Energy Show, sponsored by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which my kids were eager to see. It explores different energy sources, the importance of renewable energy, and energy conservation – and even a demonstration of a Tesla coil!
Check it out…
If you’re visiting the Ontario Science Centre soon, be sure to see The Energy Show, which is included with your ticket. I highly recommend the show – it’s an interactive, engaging experience that makes learning fun. (Who wouldn’t love to see a seven-foot Tesla coil and a hair-raising Van de Graaff generator in action?!)
👉 The Energy Show runs weekdays at 1:30 pm & 2:30 pm, and on weekends at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm & 4 pm. You can find out more about The Energy Show at http://www.
While at the Science Centre, the kids also had fun learning how to save energy at home at the on-site activation sponsored by the IESO.
Here are a few things we learned – all simple ways to save on energy costs.
- Purchase energy-efficient products like LED lightbulbs (which use 75-90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs!) and EnergyStar rated appliances
- Add motion sensors, which shut lights off automatically when people leave a room (my kids forget all the time!). Sensors provide added security by lighting up hallways, backdoors and garages automatically, avoiding the need to leave lights on for hours at a time.
- Use power bars with integrated timers for game consoles or home theatre systems, so that electricity is shut off to those devices. They reduce the “phantom power” used by devices in standby mode, which can add up to as much as 10 per cent of a home’s energy use.
All of these little changes add up to big savings! For example, we found out that we can save up to$11 a month by:
- Replacing 10 incandescent lightbulbs with energy-efficient LED ones;
- Using an advanced power bar that prevents electronics from drawing power when they are off or not being used; and
- Wrapping an electric water heater with insulation
It was great to see my kids empowered to make changes that are good for the environment (and my wallet!). If you’d like to inspire your family, too, visit saveonenergy.ca for lots of ideas to use energy wisely in your home.
- 2 tickets for the Ontario Science Centre (1 adult, 1 child) which includes admission to the Energy Show
- 1 – 3-pack of 60W Daylight Energy Star Dimmable Light Bulbs
- 1 – LED MR16 Daylight Energy Star Light Bulb
- 1 – Universal Slide Dimmer Without Pre-set Switch, White
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