It’s never too early to start teaching your children about energy conservation. Building good habits when your children are young can help as long as they are living with you. It can also help them continue to understand how to conserve energy in their own homes after they move out.
The energy tips on this list are designed to be easy and child-friendly, so your kids can help in every way they can.
- Turn off lights, televisions, and video game consoles after you leave a room. A good habit to establish, turning off lights and appliances when you aren’t using them can help save money in the long run, especially when your children do it religiously.
- Use the microwave instead of the oven. Microwaves do the job quicker, and in some cases, with less energy than electric ovens. If your child wants to heat up leftovers or make frozen food, check the box to see if there are directions for the microwave instead of using the oven.
- Collect rainwater to water plants and wash the car. Setting out a few buckets during spring showers can collect lots of water for good causes. Whether your kids want to water the flowers or splash each other with it, it’s not coming from the tap or the hose, so it’s water saved.
- Take showers instead of baths. While some children love baths, filling the tub can use a lot more water than a quick shower. Save bath times for weekends or special occasions, and encourage your child to save water whenever they can.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. While it may not seem like much, this ritual can save water, especially when your child likes to brush their teeth often. The extra water use definitely adds up over time, so why not save it instead?
- Replace lights in the house with LEDs. LEDs are four times more energy efficient and longer-lasting than incandescent bulbs, and provide the same amount of light! Take a shopping trip to your local home goods store and make replacing the bulbs a family activity. Your younger children can hand the bulbs to their older siblings to screw in.
Encouraging your children to build good habits and conserve energy can be a great way to spend time with them, teach them life-long lessons, and protect the environment! With a few tips and tricks, you can turn any lesson into a fun activity that they will both enjoy and learn from. They’ll definitely thank you later in life.
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