6 Ways Your Kids Can Help You Save Energy at Home

There are ways that you can lower the electric bill, such as finding a lower price electricity supplier like Star Energy Partners, but children can chip in as well. Share these tips with your kids to get them involved and make them aware that it’s important to save energy. You can even provide small rewards if their efforts help lower the electric bill, such as extra privileges or a special dinner.

  1. Turn off what you’re not using. If you’re not in your room, turn off the light, and if you’re not watching TV, surfing the web, or playing computer games, turn off that equipment as well. Take a quick glance around your room before you leave to see what’s not being used and can be turned off.
  2. Keep the fridge door closed. Have an idea of what you want before you open the refrigerator door. Up to a third of the cold air can escape when the door is opened. There isn’t a teleporter in the fridge, so nothing is suddenly going to reappear if you open the door every 5 minutes to check on the food inside.
  3. Use less running water. Don’t waste water when you’re brushing your teeth. Turn off the faucet when you’re not using the water, and turn it back when it’s time to rinse your brush and swish.
  4. Shower instead of bathe. Baths use much more water just to fill the tub, up to 25 gallons. Not to mention that it’s hot water, which requires more energy to be heated. A short shower uses just 7 gallons. Try to keep your shower to x minutes.
  5.  Help plastic sheet the windows. Ask your kids to help you weatherize the windows and block cold drafts. Keeping the cold air out saves energy because the heating system doesn’t have to work as hard to heat the house.
  6. Plant a tree. Talk to your children about planting a tree outside the house. Point out that the shade from the tree will help keep the house cool on summer days. Plus, it will be a fun way to track your family’s time spent living in that house.

If your children want to know more about how to lower the electric bill, you can explain the process of finding a lower cost electricity supplier. That way your kids will take pride in helping to lower the electric bill.