It is so important to teach every child today how important it is to conserve energy. With climate change a major issue around the globe, and the environment in dire need of support, children need to be well informed at a young age so they can grow into adults who will take action to make the Earth healthier.
So how can you go about doing your part at home to teach your children how to conserve energy? Continue reading for a few tips.
Encourage Kids to Get Away from Computer and TV Screens for a Bit
Given the chance, kids will spend hours upon hours glued to their TVs, their video games, and their computer screens. All of these devices, however, consume a lot of energy. So on top of not being a healthy lifestyle for your children to pursue, being on these devices for extended periods will also cause your energy bill to increase.
Encouraging your kids to play games, such as board games, card games, and games outside, is a great way to get them to turn off their devices for a while and refresh their minds with something new. They can also read books and magazines, complete puzzles, and do DIY projects and crafts, as well as help you cook and bake. The key is to get them active while saving electricity that would otherwise be used on the devices they're addicted to.
Teach Them to Use Less Hot Water
Using hot water also consumes quite a bit of energy, so teaching your kids to turn off the water when they brush their teeth is one way to encourage them to be kinder to the planet and your wallet. You can go a step further, though, and also teach them to take shorter showers, as this, too, will help conserve energy.
You can even make it a little fun by challenging everyone in the family. Whoever takes the shortest shower will get some kind of reward, and you can do this challenge on a daily or weekly basis, with different rewards and prizes along the way, to keep everyone motivated. You may even find it difficult to shorten your own shower, but it will be worth the effort.
Teach Them to Turn the Lights Off
Even the simple act of turning a light off when leaving a room can help you save quite a bit of money on your energy bill, while also conserving energy and helping the environment. Therefore, teach your kids to turn the lights off, and encourage them to correct you when you fail to do so. After all, you definitely want to lead by example, so you have to follow the same rules that you set for your kids.
By teaching your kids how to conserve energy, your wallet will benefit just as much as the planet because your energy bills will likely decrease by quite a bit. If you need extra assistance with affording your energy, you may be surprised by how much you can save.