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4 Energy Saving Tips You Can Teach Your Kids

A great initiative is to get your children thinking about energy saving from a young age. Around the home, there are all manner of tricks and tips to help guide them towards an energy efficient lifestyle.

Here are a few common ones that are helpful, easy and fun to teach. They aren’t necessarily the most radical changes but they are tips kids will be able to understand and (hopefully) appreciate with ease.

Close your closet door

Closing your closet door is a simple energy saving tip. Your wardrobe doesn’t need to be climate controlled in the first place and keeping these doors closed saves your heating and cooling system from working as hard because it reduces the surface area.

The temperature disparity is even more noticeable if your closet is against an outside wall, as this causes the outside temperature to more actively conflict with the desired temperature inside.

A fun tactic to make your children more aware is saying that by keeping the closet doors closed, you’re keeping the boogie man away! That should have them clambering to close the doors. (At your own risk though – this may make them scared of bedtime and opening the closet to get dressed!)

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Limit hot water

As hot water is one of the biggest drains on your energy bill, teach your kids that it’s a luxury and a scarce resource. Just waiting for hot water to heat consumes a litre or so.

Get them to use hot water in moderation, from washing their hands in cold water or getting them to take shorter showers. Even try telling them about the effectiveness of cold clothes washing – if they’re ready to be taught about laundry!

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Switch off appliances when not in use (vampire power)

Getting your children to turn off appliances at the wall is a habitual awakening that stands them in good stead for the future. Perhaps start with basic kitchen appliances like your blender, kettle, toaster, microwave etc. A great idea is to gently remind them while you’re in the kitchen baking a cake or cooking dinner with them.

A fun tool for children is to teach them about the term ‘vampire power’, which is an actual term for the small amount of power continuously used by chargers plugged into a switched-on socket.

Turn down thermostat a couple degrees

Teach the little ones the trade-off between putting on a sweater and turning up the thermostat, obviously favouring the former. When it’s cold, increase the temperature a little – you don’t want it to be so cold that you can see your breath; use a good degree of logic – but make sure your children understand that heating is a costly expense and not to be used liberally. The first step should always be to put on a sweater.

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About Ronnie E.

Ronnie is the frugal Latina of the group. Hailing from the beautiful Andes Mountains in Bolivia, she lives and breathes frugality. She loves to figure out how to spend less money and takes on the challenge of finding great deals and cheaper options every day.

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  • Sofia Byrd

    Great tips!! We not only close closet doors (we even close the vent in my closet) is to keep doors closed (specially the guest room which is rarely even used). We are currently working on not over using water when brushing teeth….man I drives me crazy when they leave the faucet on while brushing their teeth….

  • We all need to develop that habit of turning things off after we use them, it saves loads of energy! Unplugging things would help too. Thanks for sharing these tips! Definitely effective.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    These are all great energy saving tips to teach kids that will stick with them later in life. I love the idea of the “vampire power” which I will have to share with my sisters and nieces. Thanks for sharing these awesome tips.

  • Carmela Mempin

    Teaching our kids about energy saving is important and it’s a great way to develop their mind set to be a frugal.