Eat the chocolate. Save the energy.

It turns out eating a couple feet of chocolate bunny could be a good way to help save energy.

Key Points

  • Eating chocolate can actually save energy. Really.
  • Hershey’s is a good example of a company making energy efficiency a priority.
  • We can prioritize our own energy efficiency efforts by completing a home energy audit.

Ah, Easter. That wonderful time of year when we give thanks for new life, reflect on amazing grace and mercy, and eat our weight in chocolate. #grateful.

My daughters and I were at the store the other day when my three-year-old spotted a chocolate bunny that was as tall as she is. She’s only a couple feet tall, but it was still quite impressive. And sure, I could take that bunny down during one viewing of “Ben-Hur”, but that’s just because I’m really committed to Easter.

It turns out eating a couple feet of chocolate bunny could be a good way to help save energy. Sidenote: This is the part where I use the same reasoning for energy efficiency as I use on my accountant husband when I try to convince him that I “saved” our family lots of money by cashing in on Black Friday deals every November. No matter what he says, this reasoning is sound. Promise.

The bunny we spotted was made by Hershey’s. And it just so happens that Hershey’s is committed to saving energy. The company manufactures a lot of treats, and that manufacturing process presents a lot of ways to innovate and use less energy. Specifically, Hershey’s is updating its lighting to be more energy efficient and using machinery that uses less energy. Recently, Hershey’s remodeled its historic original factory building into office space. The end result is a Gold LEED Certified building (that means it earned lots of points for using energy-saving measures in the space and they get a certificate to prove it).

So similar to how “the more I spend the more we save” on Black Friday, the more chocolate bunny I consume, the more energy Hershey’s saves during its energy efficient manufacturing process.  See how that works?

But it doesn’t stop there. After eating the entire chocolate bunny, I’ll feel inspired to save energy in my own home. And with three pounds of sugar pumping through my veins, I’ll have the energy to do things like conduct a home energy audit like this one offered by my local utility, Black Hills Energy.

So there you have it. Eating a chocolate bunny is the right thing to do for the love of Easter and to save energy. Happy noshing.


Sarah FolslandSarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the entire world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned an M.A. in Political Science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the Governor’s Office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.

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