Need a raise in your allowance? Here’s a great way to get one, and it won’t cost your parents anything extra: Just get them to agree to pay you the difference if you can reduce your family’s energy use. This activity will take three months to complete.
Ask your family to commit to saving energy for three months. (Some energy-saving tips are listed on the right; your local energy utility can provide others.)
Keep your energy bills for those three months, and compare your energy use to what your family used during the same months of the prior year. Some utilities provide last year’s usage on your current bill for you to compare. If the information is not on the bill, ask your parents for last year’s energy bills or call your energy company and ask for the information.
Create a graph to illustrate the difference between how much energy you used during the three-month period in the prior year and the current year.