Kids today are surrounded by “smart” things—from phones to thermostats—and most of them can’t fathom that at one time electricity didn’t exist. Even as adults we tend to forget how convenient and technology-reliant our lives have become. However, it’s important for us to teach our kids about conserving energy and taking care of the environment.
Here are some fun and creative ways to teach your kids about energy conservation:
1. Make it a game
Learning is always more fun when you turn it into a game. Talk to you kids about the importance of conserving water, and then race to see who can take the fastest shower. Discuss the importance of saving electricity, and then have the kids take turns being the “electricity police” for the day. They can dress up in a costume and go around turning lights off and unplugging unused appliances.
2. Cozy up
You can save a lot of energy (and money) if you turn your thermostat down five degrees during the winter. Grab hats, scarves, blankets and a cup of hot chocolate and spend some time reading together or playing a game as a family (something energy-free, like a board game). Meanwhile, remind your kids that heating your home takes a lot of energy.
3. Go to the library
Your local library should have a great selection of books on energy, where it comes from and how we can be good stewards of it. The first step to understanding why we need to conserve energy is learning how it works.
4.Get Your Craft On
Did you know a lot of heat and air can escape from cracks around your doors and windows? You can lose about 20% of your heat or air this way. In addition to making sure your weather stripping is intact around all of your doors, you and your kids can make these fun door draft stoppers.
At Richmond’s Air, we want to make sure we’re doing our part to help you save energy, save money and save the environment, which is why we strive to make sure your residential HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible and that it meets or exceeds government standards.
If you live in Katy, Bellaire, Spring or elsewhere in the metro area, contact a Houston HVAC technician today at Richmond’s Air to have yours inspected.