Back-to-school time is at home too! 6 ways to teach your kid to keep energy bills down.

Back-to-school time is at home too! 6 ways to teach your kid to keep energy bills down.

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Do you envision more ways to get those cooling and heating bills down? Simple math shows that the more people in your home, the bigger energy bills can be just by usage alone. It’s always a great time to educate your kids in the basic math of cooling and heating academics (and yourself too) to conserve more energy!

Here’s a handylist for how your kids can “Be Green” in their bedroom:

Hey Kids! Listen up:

Cell phone: Done charging it? Then unplug the charger from the wall. The charger wastes energy when nothing is plugged in.

Laptop/computer: Let your kids sleep and you will save. Show them how to set the easy power management features on their computer.

Guitar amp: Even if they dream of being a rock star, they can still unplug the amp when not being played.

Light switch/ceiling fans/tv: Turn them off when they leave the bedroom. The room sure doesn’t need to be comfortable or entertained!

Vents: Make sure the air vents aren’t blocked in their bedrooms. It takes much less energy to pump air conditioning or heat into the room when the vents aren’t covered.

Windows: if they hear air blowing in when a window is closed, have them tell you so that it can be sealed up.

Other ways kids can conserve?

Buy less packaging: Help your kids select products with less packaging material and also to use or repair what’s on hand rather than buying and consuming more.

Think outside the box! Use creative methods to reuse, reduce and recycle. For example, by making pretend swords out of cardboard paper towel rolls or by using boxes to build play cities.

Recycle Paper: Designate a container in your house for used paper so that recyclable paper won’t get mixed in with the trash.

Get out of your car: Walk, bike, or use public transportation with your kids when possible instead of driving the car.

Turn off the water: Teach your kids to turn off the water while they brush their teeth, and to conserve water by taking shorter showers or putting less water in the bathtub.

Let your kids know that the Earth is considered to be somewhere between 3 and 5 billion years old. That’s older than they think you really are! In conserving more energy we’re also helping the environment. Your kids will feel good about caring for the Earth and you will enjoy lower heating bills in the meantime.

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