Energy Saving Detectives & Warm Up: Saving tips for children from children

Detectives are in action at many schools in North Rhine-Westphalia. Using measuring instruments and check lists, they investigate where energy can be saved. And what is learned in schools, can also be done at home – and friends and relatives can be told about it too.

Since 2012, the Verbraucherzentrale NRW (consumer association) has been training detectives. During a three-day workshop, children aged between nine and eleven years learn how to detect energy wastage and to use energy-saving potentials. The "Energy Saving Detectives" are trained as multipliers, gather arguments and use role-play to practice passing their saving tips on – to other children as well as to adults...

Engine for progress:

  • successful and established education projects for children
  • well-known and implemented throughout NRW
  • extensive transfer of energy-saving knowledge
  • children become multipliers

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Many things are – literally – taught through play, e.g. the correct use of heating.

Expansion from electricity to heat: WARM-Up!

In 2014, the Verbraucherzentrale NRW (consumer association) set up a second programme on the subject of heat. Fifth and sixth-class pupils go through various learning stations on the topic of heating and hot water during two double periods. The children learn about energy-saving behaviour, for example in regard to heating or showering. Here, the goal is also to effect behavioural changes in private households.

Energy-saving detectives throughout the state, evaluation provides evidence of a positive effect

The Verbraucherzentrale NRW (consumer association) is training energy-saving detectives throughout the state. Thousands of pupils now know about relationships between energy consumption and climate protection, have changed their own behaviour and are passing on their knowledge.
Self-evaluations and external evaluations of the education programmes have confirmed their positive effect: After the teaching modules have finished, the children retain the practical knowledge learned and pass it on with enthusiasm. The dedicated educational staff at the Verbraucherzentrale NRW and the innovative educational materials are making an impact here.

"Energy saving detectives give power tips" and "WARM-up! Knowledge games around heat" project video

Video: KlimaExpo.NRW

Photo: VBZ NRW

"In addition to energy advice for adults, we are also focused on the next generation: Using activating materials and methods, we teach age-appropriate connections from the thematic field of energy and motivate pupils to use energy more consciously."

Sven Schneider, Head of Public Relations at Verbraucherzentrale NRW e.V.

Partners and sponsors

  • Verbraucherzentrale NRW
  • Ministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz (MKULNV)
  • EU-Förderung