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TOLBY: A Case Study in Fun

3 March 2010

I know that something called “energy efficiency and conservation” sounds like it should be really boring, but it doesn’t have to be!  In fact, saving energy is a great opportunity to be creative and have fun, especially with the youth in your family.  A great example of such ingenuity at work is TOLBY.

TOLBY is the brainchild of Aidan, a 13 year old in Minneapolis who was sick of his older brother leaving the lights on when he left the room.  Aidan and his mom sat down and brainstormed about easy ways to remind the rest of their family to save electricity.  They came up with TOLBY – which stands for Turn Off Lights Behind You! Aidan made TOLBY signs and put them up all around the house so his family would remember.  Aidan’s mom Sarah says that TOLBY has one very simple advantage: it can be shouted easily across the house at people who forget!

So, if you have one action that you’re trying to get your family to do, like turning off lights or taking shorter showers or recycling, use Aidan as your role model and think about easy acronyms and campaigns that you can make to remind them.  You might even find yourself having fun in the process!

:: Youth Take Action! – energy-saving ideas just for youth

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jacob Toffler permalink
    3 March 2010 8:37 pm

    Aidan your awesome! I really like your message and didn’t know that you made it up! I have been doing this at my house as much as possible. YOU ROCK!!!!

  2. Andrew permalink
    7 March 2010 12:09 pm

    Bravo Aidan! Very comendable…Did you notice that they spelled your name with an E? Also, Jacob, you’ll want to use “you’re” for the first sentance, because “your” is the a possesive homonym for the word that doesn’t mean the same thing…common mistake. Sorry about all that–nice awareness raising, Aidan; I hope you’re haaving fun on the farmstay.

    With friendly regards, Andrew

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