background color graphic
background color graphic
graphic of section logo in circle background color graphic
graphic header bar for this section background color graphic
Ben Franklin, Energy Saver???



In the original Poor Richard's Almanac ... and my other writings,
I made up a lot of sayings that people still use today.

I didn't mean to talk about energy conservation...or did I???




"Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

When you go to bed early, be sure to turn off your lights and turn down your thermostat. It's a "wise" thing to do...and energy savings can help make you "wealthy," too!




"For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost;
for want of a horse the rider was lost."

Overlooking details can waste huge amounts of energy. If you fix a dripping hot water faucet you can save up to $35 a year. Drafts from unsealed windows and doors can cost up to $75 a year in wasted energy.




"Snug as a bug in a rug."

Why turn up the heat when you have warm sweaters and blankets around the house? In the cold winter months, try reading -- or watching TV -- wrapped in a cozy quilt while drinking a mug of hot cider or cocoa.




"When the well's dry, we know the worth of water."

Right now, many people take electric lights, central heat and electrical appliances for granted. But many of our energy resources won't last forever. If you imagine living the way I did -- cooking food over a fire and reading by candlelight or an oil lamp -- you'll understand why it's important to conserve energy.




Let's go back to Poor Richard's Energy Almanac to learn more about energy.

Click on my picture to take you back.

Return to Poor Richard's Energy Almanac.


Or if you want to go back to the Energy Quest HomePage, click on the EQ.



| EQ Homepage | Energy Story | Science Projects | Library | Games |
| News | Find It | Links | About EQ | Privacy Info | Contact Us |


Page updated: May 1, 2002
© 2006 California Energy Commission. All rights reserved.