Increasing the energy efficiency of your home doesn’t have to be a complicated ordeal. In fact, there are many ways you can save energy around your home that are so simple, you can get the kids to help!
- Turn off lights and electronics whenever they leave a room.
- Turn off the water while they are brushing their teeth.
- Encourage your children to take short showers instead of baths to cut down your hot water usage. A bath can consume as much as 25 gallons of water, so switching to a shower can conserve a lot—assuming you keep your showers reasonably short, that is!
- During the spring time, have your kids help you plant a tree in your yard. When properly placed, trees can help shade your home on those hot summer days and reduce your need to use air conditioning! Plus, it’s a great time to talk to your children about sustainability.
- What’s more, your children can help you with various landscaping projects that can increase your energy efficiency. This is important to keep in mind as spring approaches.
- Don’t leave the refrigerator door open, and stop chronically opening it to see what is inside—this can waste a lot of energy!
- Point out light bulbs that are burned out so they can be replaced. If they aren’t placed too high off the ground, your kids can replace old bulbs with a new CLF or LED bulb.
- Use a microwave instead of the stove to cook food. This will keep your little ones safe and use considerably less energy!
Are you looking for even more ways that you can save energy around your home? Our Energy Saving Ideas page has some great energy efficiency advice—check it out to learn more!