Saving energy can be everyone's responsibility. Since we're all still spending a lot of time at home, now is a great time for parents to teach their children a little about saving energy.
First, educate your children on why it's important to save energy. Reducing your home's energy consumption not only helps with the household budget, but it can:
- preserve our national resources
- reduce pollution
- helps create a healthier living environment for everyone and everything on the planet
Next, start with small things your kids can do as part of their daily routine. A few example are:
- Take shorter showers
- Remember to close exterior doors
- Avoid frequently opening the refrigerator and freezer
- Turn off the light when you leave the room
- Turn off the faucet while you're brushing your teeth
Once they have those down or if your kids are a little older, you can move on to:
- On hot days, keep the curtains and drapes closed to block out heat
- Try using a ceiling fan instead of turning down the air conditioner if it feels stuffy
- Unplug chargers or other electronics when not in use
- Teach your children how to use the thermostat in your home to make adjustments during the day
- Teach them to know when they should open windows instead of using the air conditioner
These are just a few ways to get started with teaching your children about saving energy. Download this checklist to hang on your fridge to assign different energy savings tasks to family members each week.
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