Mar 22 2016

Good energy-saving habits start at home, and they start early. Teaching your kids about energy savings can make a lasting impact on the planet and set them up to be a conscientious consumer for life. Therefore, if you’re a Bath, Pennsylvania, parent looking for ways to teach your kids about saving energy in the home, here are a few tips:

Teach Responsible Habits

Even the youngest children can learn responsible, energy-saving habits. Encourage your kids to turn off electronics when they’re not in use. Have them close the blinds or drapes when it’s hot outside, and remind them to keep the windows closed during the heat of the day. One of the easiest tasks a child can learn is to turn off the lights whenever he or she leaves a room. A little positive reinforcement can go a long way.

Discuss the Thermostat

One of the first places to start instructing your kids about energy savings is the thermostat. Explain what the thermostat does and how it operates, including why certain temperature settings are best. If you have a programmable thermostat you can control through the Internet or a smartphone app, let your older children get a feel for the controls. If you decide to let your kids have access to the thermostat’s settings, post a temperature guide next to the thermostat that reminds them which temperature range is best for maximum efficiency.

Involve Them in Basic Tasks

The next time you change an air filter, vacuum the air vents, or hose down your outdoor air conditioning unit, involve the kids. Explain to them the importance of carrying out these maintenance tasks so they can better understand how the home runs. You can even make a game out of seeing if you can reduce your energy bills from one month to the next, and offer rewards when goals are met.

When you’re ready to have your AC or heating system professionally serviced, contact Sullivan Oil & Propane at 610-813-6555.

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