Your house is a mainstream avenue for conserving energy or wasting it. If you are worried about the towering costs of house bills, you might need to review how your household is run. While doing so, you might be able to recognize that one way of cutting down cost is by making an alliance with you children. They are excellent spenders but they can also be excellent savers!
Here are some tips and steps that can be of great help in teaching your child how to conserve energy.
1. Introduce the concept of energy in a way that they would understand. Go down to the level of your child's understanding and explain the concepts in a concrete way or using the words of that they could grasp. Use objects around them to differentiate the types of energy. For example, the heat from the furnace can come from electricity or fuel.
2. Involve your child in energy conserving activities being mindful of your child's developmental stage. You cannot expect your child to turn off the switches if they are out of his reach, but he can be involved in turning off the faucet, which is more reachable.
3. Involve your child in energy conserving activities according to the pattern of his daily routine. Again, you child's age is a big factor in accomplishing this. You can start with simple modifications on his routine, for example, using a glass of water when brushing his teeth. If his understanding permits you can proceed with more complex skills, such as knowing how appliances work. Proper usage of appliances is one way of conserving energy.
4. Here are some reminders that your child can follow, if his abilities permit:
- Close the refrigerator when not in use, or plan beforehand what to get before opening it.
- Turn off appliances and switch when you're done using it, or before going out of the room.
- Teach your child the concept of segregating trash, which is also a way of conserving energy devoted to waste management. If your child is not able to read yet, you can use color coding to guide him in recognizing the proper trash bin.
- For older children, you can remind to take short showers instead of long baths.
- They can also be encouraged to report and alert you any leaks from faucets or the presence of a drafty window within your house. These have to be fixed as early as possible to avoid further energy wastage.
5. Be a good example. To be able to introduce new practices and habits to your child, be ready to set yourself as a model in doing so. Children are visual learners. They are highly observant. Your child can remember a lot if you show him in action rather than simply stating it.
6. Provide positive reinforcement. You have to recognize your child's good deed. It is important in building his personality along with the practices you don't want him to forget.
By teaching ways to conserve, you can hit two birds with the same stone. One is to reduce your household energy bills and another to inculcate within your children the value of saving and practicality.