Americans are looking for ways to conserve energy and lower their carbon footprint, and every little bit helps—from recycling to purchasing energy-efficient appliances for the home. It's important to teach kids to be energy savers as well, so they can carry this trend into the future and continue conserving our natural resources. Here are some ways to get your children involved in the basics of conserving energy.
Talk to Your Kids
Children are curious beings and soak up information like sponges. Talk often about what you're doing to lower your carbon footprint. When you recycle, for example, explain that recycling keeps garbage out of the landfill and reduces the gases that are emitted.
Include Your Children in Your Conservation Efforts
To help your child start out with good conservation habits, give him or her tasks that allow your child to contribute to your energy saving efforts.
- Put your child in charge of the recycling. You can even make a badge for him or her to wear that identifies the little one as the Recycling Specialist. Ask your son or daughter to remind the family to recycle and allow him or her to take out the recycling on the appropriate day.
- If your children can reach the light switches, send them through the house periodically to do a "light check."
- Set up a rain barrel and have your child measure the water in it after a good rain.
Teach by Example
If your child sees you conserving energy, he or she will likely grow up to do the same.
- When it's time to empty the kiddie pool, have your child help you fill up watering cans and water the plants with the old water first.
- Recycle everything that can be recycled, and talk about items that are made from recycled materials.
- Reuse as much as possible. Make crafts out of toilet paper rolls and potato chip cans and save plastic food containers for storage.
For more expert advice about ways to teach kids to be energy savers, please feel free to contact us at P. K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We proudly help Cleveland-area residents lower their carbon footprint through energy efficiency.Follow @PKwadsworth
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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