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Raising Kids to be Energy Savers: Teach Them Now for a Lifetime of Savings

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's best to begin raising kids to be energy savers from an early age. If they learn about energy conservation when they're young, it'll be much easier for them to carry those habits with them throughout their lives. One of the best parts - by helping save Mother Earth, they'll also help save you money.

Make Energy Saving Fun!

Turning your little ones into "eco heroes" takes time - start small by raising kids to be energy savers at home first. Make learning fun family time to help get them excited about the difference they can make. Inspire them by reading stories like "Save the Earth!" by Abby Klein and watching movies like "FernGully: The Last Rainforest". Teach them about energy conservation by using coloring books and playing games.

Raising Kids to be Energy Savers: Easy Things to Do

After you've equipped your kids with the power of knowledge, they can begin their quest to rescue the earth. The following are simple things you and your kids can do:

  • Use CFLs rather than incandescent light bulbs.
  • Turn off the water while brushing teeth.
  • Walk or ride bikes for transportation.
  • Pick up garbage and always recycle what you can.
  • In the summer, set the thermostat between 78 and 80 degrees and close curtains and blinds. In the winter, keep the temperature between 68 and 70 degrees and open curtains and blinds.
  • In the summer, cook meals with the toaster oven, microwave or slow cooker.
  • Unplug electronics and turn off the lights when not using them.
  • Do full loads of laundry to avoid energy waste.
  • Take 5- to 10-minute showers; Limit taking baths.
  • Ask kids to be mindful of drafts from their bedroom windows and add caulk to the sides when needed.
  • Buy Energy Star products when it's time for replacements.
  • Open doors;(including refrigerator doors) only as long as they need to be.
  • Use both sides of pieces of paper.
  • Teach others about energy conservation.

Need more tips on raising kids to be energy savers or other energy-saving tips for your home? Contact us to find a Mitsubishi Electric Contractor in your area.

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