Kids may be small people, but they can make a big impact in energy conservation. The key is to get them excited about it. Here are a few ways to creatively engage the whole family in energy conservation.
Take advantage of the many online resources developed specifically to get kids interested in and motivated about energy conservation. Here are our top picks:
Take a field trip
Give the kids an up-close look at energy in action. Find out if your local power company offers tours of power plants or solar power plants. Coordinate with friends who want to encourage energy conservation in their families, and arrange a group outing. While you're at it, consider scheduling a visit to the recycling plant as well.
Put it into practice
Changing habits can be hard for kids and adults. Give your family a weekly challenge to focus on one particular energy-saving switch. Post reminders around the house with visual cues. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Reward the kids when you catch them unplugging, switching off or taking action in any way to conserve energy. Just watch out: Pretty soon, the kids will be reminding you to put on a sweater and turn down the thermostat.