With the price of everything going up these days, families are hard pressed to find ways to save a penny or two. One way is to learn to conserve energy around the house. But, it won’t work if just one person is devoted to the cause. Here are some ways to teach your kids to also be mindful of the amount of energy they are consuming.
Energy in various forms fuels our homes, cars and other machinery. Most of the time we don’t even think about how much we are using until disaster strikes like a blackout or brownout. But, conserving energy can mean less dependence on the grid and also more money in your pocket as your family learns what they can do without.
Kids love to help. Many schools have already introduced them to the idea of conservation and also alternative energy sources. Bring that point home by showing them ways they can put into practice at home, the principles that they have learned in school.
Ways Kids can Conserve Energy
1. Turn off the lights in empty rooms – There is no reason why your home has to be lit up like the fourth of July every day. When you leave a room, turn the lighting off. This includes turning off fans in the bathroom and over the stove. Most bulbs can get very hot and heat up the entire fixture when left on and can cause burns.
2. Let in more natural light – Instead of turning on a light, open a curtain or a window. Allow the natural sunlight to stream in and warm your home as well as provide light for reading and watching television.
3. Don’t touch that thermostat – It is tempting to turn the thermostat up in winter and down in summer. Even the smallest of shifts can hike up your energy bill. Keep the thermostat set at a median temperature like 74 degrees and leave it there. As your body becomes accustomed to it you will find the temperature tolerable. If it is too hot, turn on the ceiling fan to cool the entire room. If it is too cold, use blankets or wear a sweater to stay comfortable.
4. Use less water – When you take a shower, turn the water off while lathering up. This move alone can save thousands of gallons of water a year. And, in the kitchen, get the kids to load the dishwasher instead of washing them in the sink. You waste less water that way and less energy heating it up.
5. Close the door – When kids run in and out of the house, leaving the door open lets out heat or cool. Teach them to make fewer trips in or out and to always close the door behind them.
Kids can be instrumental in keeping your energy bill down. Teach them young and they will continue to practice these techniques throughout their lifetime.by