As winter officially approaches, the heating season is in full swing, electricity bills are starting to rise, and due to the current global pandemic, more and more time is being spent at home. If you are worried about increased energy consumption and are looking for ways to save it but also want to teach your little ones how to be environmentally aware and responsible along the way, there are many fun activities you can do in your home.
The first step to encouraging kids to save energy is to think about which devices they use the most. This can help you identify where energy is being spent the most in your home. In order to teach children how to do something, you first need to set an example, so teaching kids to save energy at home can become a fun family activity. Additional Funding for the Bosnia Energy Efficiency (AF BEEP) Project experts bring you several ways to help children stop consuming and start saving energy at home.
Turning off the lights
How often did the light stay on even though you no longer needed it? Turning off the lights when leaving the room is not something everyone thinks about, but it can save you a significant amount of money. A fun way to make sure all the lights are off is to start a game where everyone is running around the house to make sure all the lights are out. The fastest person gets a particular reward. This activity can be fun for the whole family while contributing to the reduction of energy consumption.
In addition to helping reduce energy consumption, and thus your bills, turning off the TV also encourages you to spend time with your family. One way to teach children how to save energy is to make sure they turn off the TV correctly, rather than leaving it on when they are no longer using it. You can also schedule a time during which the family watches TV, according to the period in which children’s favorite shows and cartoons are broadcasted, so that they can enjoy their favorite animated characters. This way, you can encourage children to spend more time doing creative activities, learning something new, or reading.
With the arrival of the holidays, families spend more and more time in the kitchen, making different kinds of dishes and desserts. Decorating holiday cakes is great fun for kids. However, using a stove can become expensive when it is constantly running. A very simple solution is to mix the ingredients before turning the stove on and placing the dish in the oven. By doing this, you can ensure that you use the stove only when it reaches the required temperature, instead of leaving it on, wasting energy while mixing your mixture for delicious cookies. In this way, the children cook with you and learn about the importance of saving energy in the kitchen.
When brushing your teeth, hands, or face, teach kids to close the tap when they don’t need water, so it doesn’t flow unnecessarily. Another important lesson for children, but also for adults, is to check the faucets in the home to make sure they are well turned off. This way, you will avoid dripping, which can consume a lot of water over time. While the children are bathing, you can create a fun atmosphere with the song during that time. Choosing songs that will last up to 10 minutes in total can help keep children from showering for too long, which will reduce your water bills and make children’s time spent in the bathroom more fun.
Switching off appliances that are not in use
Another valuable lesson for kids is to unplug appliances from the wall when not in use, saving energy. The so-called “vampire” energy is electrical energy absorbed by devices that are not turned on. While turning off appliances and chargers that are not in use may not significantly reduce your electricity bill, it is still a great way to teach children to be aware of their energy consumption. Chargers for various devices are all around us, so teach kids to unplug them when they’re done charging.
The success of these and many other fun suggestions on how to teach children to save energy depends on you – their parents and guardians. One of the main benefits of teaching children to conserve energy is that it paves the way for a healthier and greener future, protecting our planet and reducing climate change risks. So, start with yourself, conserve energy and teach children to do the same.