Back-to-school time at home too! 6 ways to teach your kid to conserve & keep energy bills down.

Do you want more ways to get those cooling and heating bills down? Math shows that the more people in your house, the bigger energy bills will be just by usage alone. It’s always a wonderful time to educate your kids in the basic math of cooling and heating academics (and yourself!) to conserve more energy.

Here’s a resource list for how your kids can “Be Green” in their bedroom:

Hey Kids! Listen up:

Cell phone: is it done charging? Then unplug that charger. The charger wastes energy when nothing is plugged in.

Laptop/computer: Let your kids sleep in late and you will save money. Also, show them how to set the easy power management features on their computer.

Guitar amp: Even if they fantasize of being a rock star, your kids can still unplug the amp when not rocking out.

Light switch/ceiling fans/tv: Turn them off when they leave their bedrooms. The room does not need to be comfortable or entertained!

Vents: Make sure air vents are not blocked in their bedrooms. It takes far less energy to pump air conditioning or heat into the room when the vents are accessible.

Windows: if they hear air blowing in when windows are closed, have them inform you so that it can be sealed up.

Other ways kids can conserve energy?

Buy less packaging: Help your kids discover products with less packaging material and show them how they can use or repair what’s on hand rather than buying and consuming more.

Think outside the box! Use creative ways to reuse, reduce and recycle. For example, you could make pretend swords out of cardboard paper towel rolls or by using boxes to build play cities.

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

Get out of your car: Walk, bike, or use public transportation with your kids whenever you can rather then driving the car.

Turn off the water: Remind your kids to turn off the water while they brush their teeth, and to save on water by taking shorter showers or putting less water in the bathtub.

Share with your kids that the Earth is thought to be somewhere between 3 and 5 billion years old. That’s way older than they think you are! In conserving more energy we are also helping the environment. Your kids will feel good about caring for the Earth and you will enjoy lower heating bills in the meantime.

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