When it comes to teaching kids how to save energy and electricity, it doesn’t have to be a boring textbook-style lecture. It can be both fun and interesting to enlist the help of your children to save money on your monthly energy bills.
Teaching your kids how to save energy can help them create both positive and sustainable habits for the future. And fortunately, it really doesn’t require much effort or time to show them the ropes. And even better, it can be a fun experience!
Here are 8 ways how kids can do their part in saving energy and electricity.
- Respect the air conditioner. There are many times where a fan will cool you off as opposed to using the a/c. And even better, it can save you money. But remember, when you do decide to use the a/c, make sure all windows and doors to the outside are closed.
- Conserve that water. As an adult, you should invest in a low-flow showerhead. And then after teaching your kids to take shorter showers, this combination will save a significant amount of water. Another tip is to have your kids turn off running water while brushing their teeth.
- Open and shut the fridge. We all have the munchies from time to time. Opening the fridge and keeping it open longer than necessary is a huge energy waster. Teach your kids to think about what they want to grab from the fridge before opening it. That way, the fridge door will be opened and closed as quickly as possible.
- Use LED lights. Kids should be taught that not all lighting is equal. LED lights use much less electricity than traditional bulbs and last longer.
- Lights out! Continuing on about lights, kids should be taught to ALWAYS turn out the lights when they are the last to leave a room.
- Harness the power of the sun. Kids should be taught about how to utilize sun light properly during both summer and winter conditions. During the summer, curtains and drapes should be used to block sunlight to keep out extra heat. During the winter, curtains and drapes should be left open to help warm rooms.
- Vampires are real! Kids should be taught about the concept of vampire energy. Vampire energy refers to devices that still continue to consume electricity even though they are turned off. The most common vampire energy devices include televisions, computers, game consoles and phone chargers.
- Late night usage. There are some appliances that should only be run at night when electricity demand is at its lowest. These devices include dishwashers, washing machines and dryers.
This is a basic list of 8 ways that kids can help conserve energy. Not only will these tips save you money in the long run, they will also help protect the environment.