If you have children, you may think that they do not understand the high cost of electricity. Kids tend to leave lights on when they leave a room and turn the air conditioner on "High" during the warm summer months. However, children can be taught the value of electricity, and there are many ways kids can help save energy at home. Once children learn how important it is to use less electricity, they may even look for new ways to cut back.
Instruct your children to turn off any lights or electronics when they walk out of a room. Once it becomes a habit for them to turn off the lights, you may not need to remind them to do so again.
Have kids unplug any electronic devices, such as video game systems and televisions, when leaving the house for an extended period of time. Some devices still use electricity while they are off.
Tell the kids to hold a piece of paper up to the edges of windows and doors. If they see the paper move, it means that air is coming into the house. Have them notify you or someone in the house who can fix the air leak. Air leaks make your heater or air conditioner work much harder than necessary.
Instruct children not to adjust the thermostat without your permission. You may also choose to tell kids a temperature they are allowed to set the thermostat to. Tell them to try a fan before asking to turn on the air conditioning. If it is cold, tell them to put on warm clothing instead of turning up the heater.
Have your children take quick showers instead of long baths. Heating a bath consumes a large amount of electricity compared to the amount of heat needed for a shower.
Teach kids not to leave the refrigerator door open while they decide what to eat. This lets out large amounts of cold air and wastes electricity. When they want to cook a meal, tell them to use the microwave rather than the oven.
Turn finding ways to save electricity into a game, and your kids are likely to be more interested.
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- Turn finding ways to save electricity into a game, and your kids are likely to be more interested.