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Teach Kids to be Energy Savers -They'll Have Good Habits for Life

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

When you teach kids to be energy savers, you're showing them how to be responsible family members and good citizens of the community. Children of all ages learn by example, and you can start the learning process by demonstrating good habits as well.

As soon as your child can do some things independently and has an adequate vocabulary, start by teaching them these habits:

  • Brushing teeth. Show the child that it's important to turn the faucet off while brushing their teeth. Saving water saves energy and it's an easy place to start.
  • Turning off lights. Make it a point to turn the lights off when leaving each room.
  • Recycling. Teach your children what can be recycled and how they can gather up aluminum cans and paper recycling, and consolidate them in a place to help you with their disposal. Recycling saves a energy and helps conserve natural resources.

When they're old enough, teach kids to be energy savers with regard to your home's major appliances. Your home's HVAC system consumes about half the energy your home uses annually and it will have more efficiency if you keep the air filter clean. Show your teens or preteens where the air filter for the HVAC system is and what it looks like when it's dirty. If they can reach the filter safely, you could add checking and changing it to their list of chores, as well as keeping the outdoor condenser coil free of dust and obstructions. More habits to encourage energy savings include:

  • Teach your kids about the Energy Star program and how to spot more efficient appliances and devices while shopping for new ones.
  • Ask them to get into the habit of pulling the plug on chargers after using them for their handheld devices like phones and cameras.
  • Dress for the weather instead of turning up or down the thermostat.

If you'd like to learn more ways to teach kids to be energy savers with your home's comfort systems, contact us to find a Texas contractor in your area to help you keep your HVAC system running as efficiently as possible.

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