Get kids to pitch in and help save energy?

by Gary Peruzzini

Realty Sense | Gary PeruzziniKids have more important things to think about than turning off the lights. But discovering the lights blazing in an empty room for the umpteenth time is enough to make any parent scream, especially when the power bill arrives. The good news is, you can train your kids about the importance of saving energy right from the start. Here’s great advice about kids.



1. Let them take charge.
Urge your kids to turn off the lights.
“They get such a kick out of ‘telling Mommy what to do’ that it’s first and foremost on their minds,”  “If I walk out of a room without doing it, they’re happy to point it out and then dash back and do it for me.
“Works like a charm and keeps the whole thing from becoming just one more thing that Mommy nags them about.”
The key to getting children to do anything is to make it “theirs”.

2. Find their motivation.
It’s money.  “If you ask more than three times for your child to do anything in particular, they lose $1 out of his piggy bank”. They learns that leaving the lights on costs me money, so hit him where it hurts the most: the wallet! Amazingly, they listen very well and never lets you to get to the fourth ask!”

3. Incorporate non-verbal reminders.
Gentle reminders, such as stickers on the light switches, help kids remember to turn off the lights when they leave a room.
“They’re each in charge of shutting off their bedroom lights each morning and during the day,” Sticky notes don’t just apply to light switches, place Post-It Notes labeled “Turn Me Off” and “Unplug Me” all around the house as reminders. Putting them by the light switch, on the side of the TV, on the wall next to the power bar that controls game consoles, etcetera, is a great visual reminder.

4. Explain to them why it’s important.
The full implications of saving energy may not immediately be clear to kids, but they’ll be more likely to remember to turn off the lights if they understand why it’s important.

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