35 Ways Your Kids Can Help You Save Energy at Home This Sizzlin’ Summer

By Stephanie, July 12, 2012, Energy Efficiency, Family

Family of 4 in the Living RoomWhile the kids are home this summer, take the opportunity to teach them a little about saving energy and money. Coming up with ways to reduce energy consumption and be more energy efficient in the home is one easy way to reduce a household’s budget, and it can be a nice learning experience for the kids too.

First, educate your kids on the basics: by saving energy at home and reducing your home’s energy consumption, you can also help save the planet, preserve our national resources, reduce pollution, reduce our national debt, and create healthier living environments for everyone. By helping your home be more energy efficient, you can help your family save for more important things, like going on vacation, saving for college expenses, and buying the latest appliances and electronics. Yes, you can achieve all of that simply by being more energy efficient.

Next, teach them a few new tips each week and help them implement these ideas into their daily routine in small chunks. No one – kid or parent – would handle such wholesale changes in one fell swoop. Here’s a list of 35 tips on how kids can help be more energy efficient this summer to help you get started.

1. Move/place the air conditioner (A/C) unit on north-facing walls in a shady spot.

2. Keep the thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit or 26 degrees Celsius.

3. Use ceiling fans and fans to help circulate cool air.

4. Install exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms.

5. Take lukewarm showers to avoid heat-holding humid air.

6. Make sure your A/C and dehumidifiers are the right size for the job.

7. Close shades, drapes, and blinds on days to help keep hot air out.

8. Use microwaves and counter top appliances instead of stoves and ovens.

9. Fire up the grill on hotter days.

10. Turn water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

11. Put in fluorescent light bulbs (they use less electricity and create much less heat).

12. Wash your dishes and laundry in the evenings; use cold water for clothes and hang up clothes outside for drying.

13. Wear thin material, light-colored clothes to keep body cooler.

14. Turn your pool filter off when not in use (especially overnight).

15. Put in a programmable thermostat.

16. Seal off leaky ducts and cracks all around house.

17. Insulate attics, garages, and cellars.

18. Seal off/don’t cool off parts of house not in use.

19. Replace air filters.

20. Routinely turn off all appliances and lights not being used. Even programmable coffeemakers and toasters can waste energy.

21. Make sure all fans spin clockwise for a wind-chilling effect.

22. Plant shade trees around the house.

23. Open windows on cool evenings and turn off the A/C.

24. Install window covers to help keep heat out.

25. Don’t try to speed up cooling house by setting A/C exceptionally low; this only wastes energy.

26. Make sure venting fans push hot air outside and not just to the attic.

27. Don’t place heat-creating appliances near thermostats.

28. Remove dust build up from vacuum registers; make sure nothing is blocking air flow to the registers.

29. Use daylight instead of artificial light when possible.

30. Do only full loads for clothes and dishes; partial loads only waste water and energy.

31. Take short showers instead of baths.

32. Put heat generating appliances (i.e., freezers) outside or in the garage to eliminate the heat they create.

33. Avoid baking, cooking, making coffee, and other heat generating activities on hot days; consider, instead, serving cold foods and drinks.

34. Avoid repeatedly and unnecessarily opening refrigerators and freezers.

35. Exercise outdoors when possible and avoid having too many people in one room; human beings create lots of heat.

With these 35 tips, you and your kids can easily get started on an energy efficient summer. Do you have any tips of your own? Share them in the comments or tweet them to us @BounceEnergy with the hashtag #summertips, and we’ll retweet your best tips!

 

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A Texas transplant from Tennesee, Stephanie moved to Houston shortly after graduating from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Currently she's trying not to melt in the Texas heat and is blogging on the side.

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