Scavenger hunt teaches energy efficiency

DOVER — Children and families can earn an energy-saver certificate while having fun with a scavenger hunt.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Energy and Climate is promoting its “Snuggle Up and Save” Winter Scavenger Hunt. The goal is to engage children and their families to make their homes more energy efficient against winter weather.

“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.”

Children and adults can use the room-by-room guide to search for ways to reduce energy use and keep out winter’s cold air. Children 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 its Facebook page. To receive the certified energy saver certificate, email or call 735-3480.

Many families can cut their energy bills by 20 percent to 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.

Scavenger hunt 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 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 735-3480.

People interested in additional programs, including the Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income families, should visit Additionally, visit to learn about incentives for emissions-saving electric cars and alternative fuels.

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