Last Updated on February 5, 2018
This post has been sponsored by Save on Energy. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
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There are plenty of good reasons why your family should be more energy efficient at home. Not only can using less electricity help the environment, it also helps cut down the costs of your utility bills, so you have more money for the important things, like a family vacation.
You don’t have to cut back to achieve cost savings either. Energy-proofing your home is as easy as making a few small changes and teaching your kids energy-efficient values that will last a lifetime.
Kids of all ages should be included in your family’s effort to save energy – it’s never too early to start! Here are four ways your whole family can get involved.
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1. Childproof Plugins
Believe it or not, energy-proofing can be as simple as installing childproof plug-ins for electrical outlets – doing so can save energy by reducing drafts entering your home via external-facing walls.
I was shocked to learn just how much air can leak through electric boxes on external walls – if you think about it, it makes sense. If there’s a gap in your wall the drafts from wintry weather will creep through. I guess that’s why our house sometimes feels drafty without an obvious source!
Installing childproof plugins is a cheap and easy fix that will end up more than paying for itself. And as a parent, you likely already have a box of them at hand.
2. Smart Thermostats
Consider installing a smart thermostat, which can be programmed to accommodate your family’s habits and busy schedule. For example, I program mine to turn the heat down while my children are at school in the winter and instead open the curtains to take advantage of the warmth offered by natural sunlight. If we’re running earlier or later than expected, all I have to do is open the app on my smartphone and remotely adjust the temperature before we get home.
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3. Phantom Power
Even when turned off, many appliances such as phone chargers, printers, and coffee machines still draw power. Unplugging devices when you’re not using them is a simple habit to form, and it can help to reduce your energy consumption, too – especially if you are used to leaving them plugged in at all times. Our girls take this job so seriously, they run around the house making sure all the electronics are unplugged before they head to school in the morning. It makes a big difference in our energy consumption and helps them feel like they are really contributing to the household.
4. Lights Out
One of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce your electricity consumption is to make sure that lights are switched off whenever a room is unoccupied. This is something ingrained in most adults, but for kids, it’s just something their parents nag them about. We found that sitting down with our girls to explain why it’s so important and offering consistent reminders to switch off lights has really helped them pick up this habit. It’s helped us remember too – the girls are now quick to let us know when we forget to turn off a light or close the refrigerator door. You may choose have motion sensors installed throughout your home to help with this too.
These are just a few of the many ways we can all work to conserve energy while at home, regardless of age.
If you’re interested in building a healthy home, saving money on your monthly bills, and supporting your community both now and into the future, visit saveonenergy.ca to learn about the actions you can take.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!