The future of energy, as drawn by my daughter

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I often worry about how much energy my family consumes. Although we have taken steps to lead a more environmentally friendly life, we seem to use an ever-increasing number of gadgets and I forever seem to have something charging in a USB-port.

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Asked to draw the future of energy, Helen drew a solar-powered rainbow.

I suspect that’s a situation that many people and families can relate to. Energy use is a subject I discuss with my children a lot. Helen, my seven-year-old, increasingly understands that energy is finite and that there is an environmental cost to everything we do.

Out of the blue I was contacted by energy provider E.ON. A challenge was set. Could Helen draw what she thought the future of energy looked like?

Oh she most certainly could. Using her amazing imagination, she produced the above image of a solar-powered rainbow. If you haven’t figured it out, the boxes at the bottom are solar panels powering the bright colours of the rainbow overhead. I mean, how cool is that?

Better still E.ON took Helen’s picture and did something amazing with it. It was passed on to a professional illustrator who did their own interpretation of the image and turned it into a ‘quick draw’ video. You can see the result below.


On seeing the illustrator’s version, Helen remarked: “It’s fun and very pretty, although there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!”

In terms of reigning in our energy use, we’ve taken lots of simple steps. We recently had a new kitchen installed and replaced a number of appliances with more energy efficient models. We’ve also kitted out the entire house in LED light bulbs.

We’re also using a smart meter. I find it fascinating watching the meter and seeing when our electricity or gas use goes up and down. Seeing this in front of you is very powerful. E.ON has its own range of smart meters that enable you to keep tight control on how much you spend on energy by showing exactly how much you’re using in real time.

Our next step will be to ensure Izzy, our three-year-old, understands why we have to monitor our energy use. Having an environmentally aware big sister will probably help.

What steps do you take to reduce your energy use? Do you make sure your children think about energy use and the future? Do your children appreciate energy sources are finite? Please do leave a comment about your experiences.

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12 thoughts on “The future of energy, as drawn by my daughter”

  1. Love the solar-powered rainbow. We could do with more of them 😉
    It’s of course important to invest in renewables and a switch to gas for electricity, but there are also a lot of (more) cost effective ways to reduce our carbon footprint through improving energy efficiency in the home, so this is really great stuff and worth every minute! Certainly good habits to pass to the kids

    1. Yes, these are habits we must instill in our youngsters. We’re getting there! Taking some time but they are getting the message.

  2. Brilliant drawing by your daughter and a very clever idea love the vid. I’m very big on saving energy wrote a post about 12 months ago how I get the children to save energy around the home very important issue in our world today Thanks for linking to the #binkylinky come back next week please

    1. The video is great isn’t it? ALthough I guess I’m biased. And, yes, I do find myself going round the house turning the lights off behind everyone else!

  3. Mathyewpiterson

    Nice Blog! I have bookmarked your blog to refer back to it each time I write my blog. This is the first time I have ever commented on someone’s blog. It has taken me out of my comfort zone. Growth!

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