This is a sponsored post on behalf of PPL Electric Utilizes and Project Envolve. All opinions are 100% my own.
My family is coming off a couple of fun, but busy weeks. My kids are swimmers and we had their championship meet this past weekend so we were out of town. Prior to that we had been logging hours at the pool getting ready for the meet, so when I was challenged to participate in the PPL Power Hour Challenge I jumped at the choice to slow down, unplug and reconnect with my family.
What is the PPL Power Hour Challenge? It’s simple! Just spend one hour without using any power. That means no lights, no TV, and especially no smart phones! Could you do ? Yeah, I bet you can!
So for our Power Hour Challenge we decided to spend our time playing a few board games that our whole family loves–including the preschooler. With the dreary weather, and melting snow/mud situation outside activities are a no go! We love to play board games during the winter and on rainy, dreary days. It is a great way to have some indoor fun!
Here are some simple things for you to do with your family during your Power Hour Challenge:
- Play board games or do a family read aloud
- Challenge yourself to plan a healthy meal that uses no electricity and then make it
- Get outside! Just think of how fast the hour will fly by if you are outside playing a game. Bonus: You and your kids get to burn off some excess energy!
- Do a Spring Scavenger hunt! Search the yard for all the clues on your Scavenger paper–first one to find them all wins!
- Have an outdoor picnic
- Play freeze tag in the dark–make it more fun by wearing glow stick necklaces!
- Do arts and crafts
Now I know you are thinking that one hour of energy savings isn’t much, but every little bit helps. In fact, PPL Electric Utilities customers can calculate their energy usage on an hourly, daily or monthly basis on the PPL website. Plus, by unplugging for an hour you get to spend time one on one time with your family–isn’t that the greatest reward there is?
So why should you be concerned with energy efficiency? There are many motivations to improve energy efficiency including the fact that reducing energy use reduces your household energy costs and may result in a financial cost saving to homeowners. There are many ways that you can help reduce your energy usage, including simple tips like turning off lights when leaving a room, installing LED bulbs to having a home energy audit done and making the suggested changes.
Why don’t you challenge YOUR family to a Power Hour Challenge this weekend? For more information on ways you can save money and be more energy efficient please visit the Project Envolve website. You will save some money and have a great time together as well!