Energy Vampires and Phantom Outlets

October is Energy Awareness and Action Month, and the BEEP (Bosque Energy and Environment Project) Energy STARS (Students Teaching About Resource Saving) club have kicked off their first energy awareness campaign. The theme for their Halloween week campaign is aptly named “The Phantom of the Outlet: Take a Bite out of Energy Vampires.”

“Phantom” loads, or outlets, refer to the energy consumed by a device when it is turned off, but still plugged in.This is one of the ways people can be “energy vampires” without even realizing it.

Students in Ms. Barb Lazar’s BEEP Energy STARS club want to end Energy Awareness and Action Month by offering fellow students the chance to think about what small acts they can take to make a big difference. They did this by storming both the middle and upper school lunches on Monday, October 28 to collect energy pledges. By the end of upper school lunch, they had a large bat-shaped paper cutout brimming with orange and purple pledges filled out by Bosque students. Students pledged to unplug their gaming consoles when they weren’t using them, recycle plastic water bottles, turn off lights when they leave a room, and the list goes on.

During lunch, Brooklyn ‘26 was manning a light exhibit that demonstrated the difference in energy usage between various types of light bulbs, highlighting the importance of using LED bulbs. Others in the group—Maddie ‘25, Chris ‘26, Maya ‘26, Iris ‘26, Safiya ‘26, and Alyssa ‘26—were busy telling people about the importance of conserving energy and the little steps we can take to lower our carbon footprints.

The BEEP Energy STARS club is going to analyze the pledges and consider how they will help lower our carbon footprint here at Bosque.

The group also has some suggestions for you on how you can lower your energy consumption:
  • Use LED bulbs
  • Turn everything OFFwhen not in use (lights, computers, appliances, chargers)
  • Walk, bus, carpool, or bike to school
  • Plant a tree
  • Recycle plastics, paper, aluminum
  • Use a power strip for your electronics; flip the switch when not in use
  • Unplug your game console
  • Unplug your phone charger
  • Turn off lights when you leave the room

Sign an energy pledge today and check out all the pledges that have been made on the giant bat hanging up in the Ford Library.
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