Gaming consoles, televisions, tablets and smart phones are all present in our homes these days. These, along with smart devices, like appliances, technology and electric vehicles (EVs) have all changed how we live over time.
To our youth, this is the world they've grown up in- they're always connected. However, staying connected means using more electricity, so it's important to teach children about the importance of conserving energy and practicing good energy efficiency habits.
One way to do this is to turn it into a game. Have them strike out on an energy efficiency scavenger hunt, locating all of the things in your home that use electricity. Then, have them determine which can be turned off or unplugged during the day to conserve energy.
For older children, teach them about smart devices and how to program them. Have them put gaming consoles and chargers on a smart power strip to eliminate 'vampire loads,' or using energy while the device is not being used. Show them the difference small changes, like changing bulbs to LEDs, can make on your electric bill.
Learning a few good habits around the house can lead to a lifetime of energy savings:
- Turn off lights, and place computers, gaming consoles and computers on smart power strips.
- Open blinds and curtains during the day to take advantage of solar heat in the winter, and close them in the summer to keep your home cooler.
- Use the cold water setting on the clothes washer, and only run it when it is full.