Teach Kids to Cut Energy Costs
Children are never too young to learn about the costs of energy consumption. In fact, teaching younger children the importance of energy conservation may very well lead to positive lifelong habits. Not sure how to start? Here are five easy tips to get your children interested in cutting energy costs at home.
Discuss importance of energy conservation.
Gather the family for a meeting to discuss steps to take in order to cut energy costs at home. Have an open discussion with your family about the consequences of energy waste and what steps the family will be taking to reduce your carbon footprint.
Kid-Friendly Tip: The California Energy Commission offers this great coloring and activity book to teach children about energy conservation at home. (Click here to download it.) Spend time as a family working on some of the activities in the book. There is also Energy Quest, an interactive website created by the California Energy Commission to help teach children about energy conservation.
Turn off lights and electronics when not in use.
It sounds simple, yet it’s so hard to do! Remind your family to turn off lights after leaving a room as well as turning off electronics when not in use. Not only will you save money, but you’ll reduce carbon emissions, too.
Don’t leave the refrigerator door open.
Remind your family to shut the refrigerator door between uses. Good Housekeeping’s article “Shut the Fridge Door — You’re Wasting Electricity” reports that open refrigerator doors account for up to 7% of its total energy. Carelessly leaving the door open while cooking or perusing through your pantry can also reduce the lifespan of your fridge.
Kid-Friendly Tip: Have your children create a colorful sign to remind family members to shut the fridge door.
Replace conventional light bulbs.
CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs and LED (Light-Emitting Diode) bulbs save energy and money. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that CFL and LED bulbs can use 25-80% less energy than incandescent light bulbs and last 3-25 times longer! That is a substantial difference in both energy and cost.
Kid-Friendly Tip: Ask your children for assistance. Have them count all of the light bulbs in the home, and figure out how many incandescent ones need to be replaced.
Designate an Electric Bill Sheriff.
Giving children a sense of responsibility is another way to encourage participation. Designate an Electric Bill Sheriff (or multiple little sheriffs!) in the home to monitor the family’s electricity consumption.
Kid-Friendly Tip: Create a chart to track monthly electricity usage. Have your children be in charge of updating the data on the chart every month.
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