Your kids are always learning and growing, and as a parent, you’re able to shape the person they will become later in life. Raising energy-conscious kids is something that more and more parents should be considering. While no one is expecting your kids to be well versed in the differences between LED and incandescent light bulbs, helping them make small changes in their daily lives will become a habit that benefits both your wallet and the environment.
1. Turn off the Lights
Encourage your kids to turn off the lights when they leave the room. Something as simple as leaving a note above the light switch can be an easy reminder for your kids to conserve energy in their bedrooms. It’s a small step that can make a big difference in your monthly bill.
2. Save Water
Similarly, to turning off the lights, remind your child to turn off the sink when they are brushing their teeth, and to take shorter showers. This will save you loads month-to-month.
3. Friendly Recycling Competition
Have separate paper bags or recycling bins for your kids and see which child can fill up their bin with paper, plastic, cans first. The first kid to fill up their recycling bin doesn’t have to do chores for a week! Win win for all!
4. Shop local!
Get out and get your family to the farmer’s market. This will help your children learn that it is not only important to support small, local business, but to teach them about energy savings (shopping local means saving on the energy that’s used for packaging the goods and transporting them).