Teaching your child how to save energy

Posted by / Friday 18 January 2019 / Parenting Tips
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Having an energy efficient home is extremely beneficial in many ways. Saving energy can save you money, allow you to reduce your use of finite sources as well as have a positive impact on the environment around you - giving you and your family a happier, healthier planet.

The first step in making sure that your children know about using less energy is teaching them the basics of renewable and non-renewable energy sources.

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When they have a better understanding of what energy is and where it comes from, it will be easier for them to know what energy is good to spare. Having them do little things throughout the day in order to be more conscious of the energy that they are using will make a huge impact on your household and even their schools and other places they are visiting on a daily basis.

Energy-Saving Tips

  • Switching off lights when leaving a room
  • Opening curtains in the day and letting the sunshine in as opposed to switching on the lights
  • Turning off water when not in use; Eg: brushing your teeth, washing your hands, running the shower or bath.
  • Putting on a jumper and socks instead of using the radiators all day.
  • Closing the door behind them when they come from outside.
  • Shutting off television, computer and video games when not in use
  • Turning off or unplugging electrical items when finished, as some devices use energy even when they aren’t on; Eg: Kettle, phone charger, lamp, fan.
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Another great way to help your kids learn how to conserve energy is by setting an example. If they see that you are doing all of the above tips, they will naturally follow and it will easily become a routine of the household.

If you start early and teach your children the importance of sparing energy, it will become second nature and your household will be saving money AND the environment!

To find out more about the energy that you are using in your household, how much money you are spending, ways to save that money and more, visit the Government’s Household Energy page.