Teaching your children to stay safe comes high on all parents lists, explaining that we recycle and shouldn’t leave the tap on are simple and necessary too! Schools are now introducing content to the curriculum to help children understand finance and how to manage their own …. So that saving money should come naturally to them and credit will become something that is managed much more effectively in the future.
Why not then, teach your children, from a very early age, about the importance of saving energy to save money and to keep their carbon footprint at a minimum.
BritMums and British Gas have got together to encourage us parents to think about the imporatnce of saving energy and saving money and so ….
Here are some easy things to tell our children to help save energy and keep the risings costs down a little:
Remember, there is no point asking your child to do these things if we don’t give them a reason ‘that they can understand’. “Because it costs Mummy and Daddy a fortune if you don’t” doesn’t quite cut it. Allowing them to digest the information in a way that makes perfect sense to them will leave them with lasting knowledge, will encourage them to do the things we need them to and they will feel that they have done something to please you and to make a difference.
- Turn the light off when you leave the room – we only need to light up the rooms we are in.
- Put the plug in when washing hands – it’s easier to make the water not too hot or cold.
- Close the front door when we come in and then take our coats and shoes off – then all of the warm air will not escape.
- Don’t leave the TV on if we are not watching it – we won’t be able to hear the other things we are doing and it will be talking to itself.
- Don’t open windows without asking Mummy or Daddy – it might not be safe and we might let all of the heat escape.
These are simple things to tell our children and although there is a much more comprehensive list of things we can do to save money around the house – it’s good to start somewhere. If your children have started to understand the reasons why we musn’t do the things we do that waste energy, then you are not loosing a battle going round switching off things and shutting doors behind them.
I’m looking forward to receiving a Smart Meter, it would be interesting to see where the most ‘wasted energy’ is going. I can remember as a child watching the wheel spin around on our coin meter – it’s a long time since I’ve seen one of those. I remember that the oven and the iron made it spin the fastest.
I think that our children will be just as fascinated by the Smart Meter and they might educate us how to save energy.
What are British Gas saying about the subject?
For more information about the smart meter visit http://www.britishgas.co.uk/energy-efficiency/smart-meters.html
This is a sponsored post, but I am participating because I really do think that this is a worthwhile and imporant campaign that not only saves us money in the long run – but encourages our children to do the same.