When taught early, children can adopt some really good habits in regards to energy conservation. Most kids do not understand the concept of money and this can change the way that they perceive bills and adult responsibility as they grow.
You can get younger children into energy saving and efficiency by making turning lights off a game. Consider using a rewards system with stickers for following the system.
Practice Saving Money
Consider using a phrase similar to “Lights off, pennies in the piggy bank” or something of the sort. Maybe even keep a few bags of pennies in the house and give them a few to put in a piggy bank to show saving money as well as energy conservation.
If children do not want to have to pay high energy bills as adults, they will need to adopt good habits at an early age. Instead of complaining about the cost of the bill try and speak positively about how much you saved instead. This helps to turn it into a positive conversation and will help your children build the right thoughts around saving energy.
A great way to get them excited is to teach them that the savings from keeping lights off is how they were able to have pizza for dinner or enjoy another activity.
Instills the Value of Money in them
Teach them at home using a few tactics:
· Take 100 £1 coins and show them how it is divided up for living expenses
· Show them what is left and what something they want costs
· They will see that there is either just enough or not enough for the want
· Show them how to save their left over pounds for an activity
Why not use this opportunity to show them how much they saved and that it can be used for another purpose. Not only does this show them how to conserve energy but it teaches them the value of money. It is a multipurpose life lesson.
Everything in Moderation is good
When lights and electricity in general are used in moderation, the bill is always less and energy is conserved.
Other ways to Entertain Themselves
Limit video game and computer time too. Did you know that consoles use one unit of electricity to power three hours of gameplay? That costs about 20p and most games can take 60 hours to play through costing a total of around £4! Get them involved in other activities.
How to Budget Utility Costs
Show them what is left and explain how much things cost. Once they see how much it costs just to live, their complaining to go do something may dwindle.
Practices to carry on when they become Adults
With these lessons, children can learn how to conserve energy and lower their bills. This molds them into conscious adults that know how to budget and maintain practical energy bills. Teach them the techniques they need early so that they have plenty of practice.