Talking to our little ones about climate change and the challenges we face can be daunting. But taking small actions, and giving them the tools to enforce good habits from a young age, can be a great way to start the conversation with them.
Starting small makes lasting change easy, and showing our children how to conserve energy in the home is a great first step. Read on to see our tips.
1. Turn the tap off
It’s easy to let the tap run when brushing our teeth, but something as simple as this can save up to 18 litres of water per day, per person. That’s more than 4500 litres of water each year, enough for about 100 four-minute showers.
2. Layer up
When it’s cold the easiest thing to do is turn the heating on. Instead of flipping that button, teach little ones to layer up instead. Not only does it help to conserve energy, according to Uswitch, putting a jumper on can save up to £320 on your heating bill per year.
3. Lights off
They’re playing in the living room, but the bathroom, landing and kitchen lights are on too. Teach little ones to turn off the lights when they leave the room. Doing this saves energy, extends the life of your light bulbs, and means you’ll have to replace them less often. It’s a win-win-win.
4. Less screen time
Maybe the trickiest habit on the list. Reducing their screen time. During the summer months, it’s easy to get them playing outside. In the winter, this one can be tricky. Encourage kids to read a book, solve a puzzle or find a hobby that doesn’t involve a screen.
5. Lead by example
Children copy their parents. For these habits to stick, we have to adhere to them too. Leading by example is the most powerful way to instil good habits to encourage children to make the right choices in all aspects of life. Being eco-conscious is no different.
Join the conversation, what tips and habits do you teach your little ones about saving energy and leading a more sustainable life? We’d love to hear from you.