A preschooler’s electricity scavenger hunt with dad   

Tags: Electricity, Rates, Avista Utilities, Energy Efficiency

Reading by lamp light.
Reading by lamp light.
Post by Dan Kolbet

This morning I had the pleasure of working with my 4-year-old daughter on a video I’m producing for customers. It’s going to be about Power Supply and how those costs are driving the rates you pay. The image on the right is from the video. I’m not sure just yet what will make the final cut and end up in the video, but she was pretty excited to watch herself on camera nonetheless.

I told her I wanted to show someone using electricity, so we flipped on a lamp and she read some books while I fiddled with the camera for about 20 minutes. I probably got about 6 seconds of good video. That’s about par for the course for me.

She asked me why we turned on the lamp. I said it was because it used electricity, like nearly everything in the house. She then started pointing to things around the house that use electricity, like the TV, refrigerator, DVD player, laptop, lights, clocks, microwave, her princess nightlight. This is by no means an exhaustive list. This went on for 10 minutes in nearly every room in the house. She had a couple misses – no electricity with the dog, door or carpet. Yet the carpet brought up “getting shocked,” referring to static electricity, but that’s for another day.

Anyhow, the point is that we have a lot of electronics in the house and I bet you do too. We didn’t have Blu-ray players, DVRs or computers (at least not a home), when I was a preschooler. And while we could live without some of the stuff we plug-in everyday – I’m glad I don’t have too.

The increasing demand for electricity can be directly tied to all the cool technical stuff we can buy for our homes today. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to be smart about my use though.

I suspect if you send your kids on a (supervised) electricity scavenger hunt around the house, you’d be able to keep them occupied for an hour or so. For more ideas about teaching kids about electricity and natural gas, check out www.avistakids.com.
Posted by  System Account  on  3/15/2010
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