It’s that time of year! The kids are packing their backpacks, and you’re packing lunchboxes. This is a great time to teach the kids a simple, valuable lesson: energy efficiency 101! Teaching children at a young age how they can conserve energy will help them build habits they will carry into adulthood.
Saving electricity takes teamwork from the whole family. Let your kids join in! Here are a few lessons to start teaching them now:
● Never change the temperature on the thermostat without asking a parent first.
● Keep the thermostat at 78°F when possible.
● When leaving the house for the day, turn the temperature to a higher setting.
● On hot days, always completely shut doors and windows to keep cool air inside.
● Draw the curtains or close the blinds when you’re not at home to keep the room cooler.
● Use ceiling fans to help circulate cool air.
● Teach your child how to change the air filters in your home.
In the Kitchen
● Countertop appliances use less energy than your electric stovetop and oven. Teach them to use alternative countertop appliances.
● Always make sure the refrigerator and freezer doors are shut and don’t open them unnecessarily.
● Use the exhaust fan when cooking to pull out hot air.
Around the House
● Use fluorescent light bulbs, which use less electricity and create less heat.
● Always turn off appliances and lights when not in use.
● Dry laundry and run the dishwasher in the evening when the house is cooler.
● Use cold water to wash clothes, and consider hang-drying clothes to cut down dryer time.
● Use daylight instead of artificial light when possible.
● Do only full loads of laundry and dishes. Partial loads waste water and electricity.
It’s time for your family to go green! Gather the family and review these energy-saving tips to lower your next electricity bill. To lower your next bill right away, switch to a lower rate with Volterra Energy!