It’s never too early to teach kids good habits, and energy conservation is a great place to begin. You’ll teach your kids to live in a way that puts less stress on the environment, and you’ll lower your energy bill, too.
While there are lots of things kids can do to save energy at home, we’ve identified a few quick wins to get you started:
- In the kitchen: Make sure your kids are closing the refrigerator every time they reach for a bite. If it helps, tell them that every time they leave the fridge open, their favorite snacks and drinks will get warm. Room-temperature chocolate milk, anyone? We didn’t think so.
- Around the house: Still using incandescent bulbs? If so, have your kids perform an inventory of the ones you still have around your house. When they discover all of the ones still in use, show them how to replace old bulbs with energy-saving CFLs or LEDs.
- Screens, screens, screens: Make sure kids know that their devices – from tablets to video game consoles – don’t need to be on all the time. When phones are fully charged, they can unplug them or even turn them off to avoid having to charge them later. The same goes for other devices that are always plugged in, like TVs and modems. Tell your kids unplug these items at night or before they leave for school.
- In the bathroom: Have your kids take showers instead of baths – and set a timer! Kids can get in the habit of bathing in less than ten minutes, but they’ll need a little motivation.
To learn more about conserving energy at home, contact Newcomb and Company. For over sixty years, we’ve helped North Carolina residents lower their energy bills and take advantage of energy efficient heating and air conditioning technology.