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Vampires in the home!

Updated: Nov 10, 2023

Little glowing eyes follow you in the dark as you leave the room at night and when you go to school ... they just carry on glowing. Can you guess what these energy-sucking vampires are?

Those little red or green eyes are the standby lights on many household appliances. How many can you find in your home? Can you count them? Were you surprised by the answer? Keep hunting, we expect you’ll come across more over the week. Your challenge this week is to see how many appliances and devices you can switch off at the wall when you go to bed or before you go to school. Remember to ask your parent/carer before you touch any plugs – and of course, some appliances, like freezers and fridges, need to be left on all the time, so don’t switch those off!

How do you think we are helping our planet by switching off those ‘energy-sucking vampires’? By helping to reduce the amount of electricity you use you are in turn reducing your carbon emissions. Banish those vampires and ‘little by little’, as a Young Climate Warrior, you are playing your part in helping to combat climate change – you’re not just ‘standing by’ letting others take action. Help let others know what you’re up to and HIT THE RED BUTTON! Have you noticed the HIT THE RED BUTTON on our website or email - When you have completed this challenge tap the RED BUTTON – write a message if you want to – and then press ‘send’!!

Do you think it’s ‘convenient’ to have appliances on standby? Do you need to have them ready at a moment’s notice? Think of all those harmful carbon emissions that cause climate change: is it worth it for just a little bit of extra ease? TVs, computers, games consoles, microwave ovens, printers, electrical toothbrushes, DVD players, TV set-top boxes, coffee makers, phone chargers, speakers, wireless phones, musical instruments, ovens, battery chargers ... the list goes on.

Remember to HIT THE RED BUTTON when you have discovered how many appliances you have on standby and switched them off when they’re not in use. See if you can keep it up all week!


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