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Winners in the Spark Tank Home Category – Apollo Estate, Dubbo, kicked off their project ‘Young Aboriginal People Learning About Energy Efficiency’ last week.

15 Aboriginal kids participated in a day of energy efficiency activities to better understand how much electricity common household appliances use to assist their families with strategies to save energy at home.

Skillset Senior Manager Ashley Bland with students from Apollo Estate, Dubbo.

The project ultimately aims to use fun ways to interact with kids, get them interested in energy and then encourage them to pass on this knowledge to their parents. “These kids can become advocates and champions in their communities to ultimately help their families to reduce their power bills” says Ashley Bland, Skillset Senior Manager.

He added “It was fantastic to talk to young people who didn’t really know much about energy and show them how they can save money simply by the way they use electrical appliances in the home.”

Gadgets were a big hit on the day. “We plugged in a series of devices and they had to guess whether a lamp, a toaster, a TV or a kettle used the most energy” said Mr Bland. “Most were surprised by the answer. Suddenly energy usage became real and relevant.”

Excitement around this project steps up a level again in July when staff from Questacon, who seek to make science fun for all, travel to Dubbo to run more activities to reinforce leanings around energy efficiency.

The project is managed by Apollo House, working in partnership with TAFE NSW Opportunity Hub. Funding for the project is provided by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage through the Spark Tank project managed by Skillset.