Turn Savings into Family Fun!
Summer is officially here. The season to beat the heat. It’s also the season for higher utility bills. This means parents are asking their kids the same questions repeatedly: Did you turn the lights off? Is the patio door shut? Why is the refrigerator open?
Here’s a question to ask yourself. How can I get my kids excited about conserving water and energy?
Simple. Focus on ideas that benefit them. (See below.) Then chart the savings together. And throw in a bribe. Seriously. Set aside some of the money you save for a summer treat – whether it’s a trip to the ice cream shop or a day at a water park.
Family friendly ideas to save money on water and energy costs:
• Use your dishwasher. Your kids will thank you for sparing them this nightly chore. More importantly, you’ll use less water.
• Fill up the fridge. Load up with snacks and beverages everyone enjoys. A full fridge won’t warm up as quickly when the door is open.
• Take evenings off. Avoid running appliances during peak energy demand – from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – when some providers charge more per kilowatt.
• Compete for the quickest shower. Clock family showers and reward the fastest time. Keeping them under 5 minutes can save up to 1,000 gallons each month.
• Turn up the thermostat. The math is easy. You could save 1% for every 1 degree higher you set your thermostat for eight or more hours.
• Replace air filters monthly. Clean filters mean better air quality and fewer sneezes. Plus they improve airflow, allowing the system to operate more efficiently.
• Play in the sprinklers. Pull on swimsuits before you water the lawn. Be sure to time it after the heat of the day to minimize evaporation.
• Keep cool with fans. Ceiling fans create air flow that can keep things cool and comfy. Just remember to turn them off when you leave the room.
• Reuse dirty fish tank water. Turn a chore into a science experiment and watch how houseplants benefit from this rich source of nitrogen and phosphorous.
There are hundreds of ways to save energy and water. One of the best is to buy a home that’s designed inside and out with earth-friendly features, like sealed ducts, spectrally selective glass windows and high-SEER air conditioning. You’ll find this and more at Pardee Homes. Visit us today to learn more.
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Sources: ConsumerEnergyCenter.org, EnergyStar.gov, energysavers.gov