Children encouraged to show their energy smarts

Energy is an essential part of our daily lives. We use energy every day at home, at school and even when we’re playing. Energy powers our computers and cell phones, gives us light in the dark and even heats and cools our home. Because energy is so important, it’s important to use it wisely by being efficient.

Here are a few things you can do to start saving energy at home:

Turn off all lights, ceiling fans and appliances like the television when you leave a room.

When it’s sunny outside, open the curtains and use the sunlight instead of turning on the lights.

Don’t leave windows or doors open when the heat or air conditioning is on.

Help hang clothes outside to dry on a sunny day instead of using the dryer.

Ask your parents to install energy-saving CFL light bulbs and set the thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter and 78 in the summer.

Show Conway Corporation what you and your family do at home to conserve energy by entering the Conway Corporation Energy Smart Art or Essay Contest.

The art contest is open to students kindergarten through fourth-grade in Conway. Students can submit original art in any medium to illustrate the 2013 contest theme, “We’ve got the Power.” Winning art will be on display during Public Power Week, Sunday, Oct. 6, through Saturday, Oct. 12. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners. The school of the overall winner will also be awarded $100 for the art program in that student’s name.

The essay contest is open to students fifth- through 12th-grade in Conway. Students should submit a typed essay of no more than 400 words on the 2013 contest theme, “Empowering our Generation for Energy Conservation.” The winning essay will be featured during Public Power Week, and cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners in two age categories: fifth- through seventh-grade and eighth- through 12th-grade.

Ask your school officials for an official entry form and contest rules or visit Entries should be submitted to participating teachers or postmarked to Conway Corporation, 1307 Prairie Street, Conway AR 72034 by Monday, Sept. 30. Essay entries may be submitted electronically in MS Word or PDF format to [email protected]. A scanned copy of the entry form plus contact information must accompany all electronic submissions. Please put 2013 Essay Contest in the subject line.