6 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Conserve Energy and Keep Energy Bills Down

Posted by Scott Mise | 09.04.2014

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Are you looking for more ways to get those cooling and heating bills down? Basic math will show that the more people in your home, the higher those bills can be just by usage alone. Any time is a good time to educate your kids on the basic math of cooling and heating academics (and yourself) to conserve more energy!

A list for how your kids can “Be Green” in their bedroom:

Hey Kids! Listen up:

Cell phone: when it’s done charging unplug the charger from the wall. The charger wastes energy when nothing is plugged in.

Laptop/computer: Let them sleep and you will save. Show them how to set the power management features on their computer.

Guitar amp: Even if they want to be a rock star, unplug the amp when not playing.

Light switch/ceiling fans/tv: An easy one! Turn them off when they leave the bedroom. The room doesn’t need to be comfortable or entertained, right?

Vents: Make sure vents aren’t blocked in their bedrooms. It takes less energy to pump air conditioning or heat into the room when the vents aren’t covered.

Windows: if you hear air blowing in when a window is closed, have them let you know so that it can be sealed up.

Other ways your kids can conserve?

Buy less packaging: Help your kids choose products with less packaging material and to use or repair what’s on hand rather than always buying and consuming more.

Be creative! Use creative methods to reduce, reuse and recycle, like making pretend swords out of cardboard paper towel rolls or use boxes to build play cities.

Recycle Paper: Designate a receptacle or bin in your house for used paper so that recyclable paper won’t get mixed in with your trash.

Get out of the car: Walk, bike, or use public transportation with your kids whenever possible instead of driving the car.

Turn off the water: Teach your kids to turn off the water while they brush, and to conserve water by taking shorter showers or to use less water in the bathtub.

Let your kids know that the Earth is thought to be somewhere between 3 and 5 billion years old. That’s even older than they think you are! In conserving more energy we’re also helping the environment. Your kids will feel good about taking care of the Earth and you will enjoy lower heating bills in the meantime.