Getting Everyone Involved with Your Plan to Save Energy
Turning your house into an energy-efficient sanctuary is something you can do rather easily these days. There are plenty of energy-efficient LED lights that are affordable and durable for extended use, so you can easily lower the costs of keeping the interior of your house lit. There are also energy efficiency ratings and plenty of online resources to help you save here and there.
Doing the optimisation yourself, on the other hand, is definitely not the best way to go. It is time to get the kids and your partner involved in the process. Here are some of the tips you can try to get started.
Talk About the Benefits of Conserving Energy
It is difficult to get the spouse and the kids excited about saving energy when they don’t understand the benefits of energy efficiency. Take the time to discuss the subject and generate excitement. You can, for instance, talk about how much leaving one light on throughout the day costs; and the more exciting ways the money used to cover that cost can be utilized instead.
The goal is not to scare them away, but to get them to realize the importance of staying efficient. Saving money, no matter how small the amount may be, can really help the entire family. Besides, the money saved can be allocated to other, more exciting activities.
Set Up a Reward and Punishment System
Start letting other family members know about their tasks and responsibilities, and then set up a balanced reward and punishment system. Kids will certainly love the extra 30-minutes of gaming time if they don’t forget to turn their bedroom lights off in the morning.
The reward and punishment system doesn’t have to be incredibly complicated or elaborate. You just need to motivate the kids – and perhaps your partner – a little bit so that they start taking real actions towards controlling their energy consumptions. After all, the tasks they need to do are mostly easy, such as not forgetting to turn off the light or switching the game console off when it is not being played.
Get Them Involved
Don’t forget to get them involved in the process, especially when it comes to bigger decisions that need to be made in order to become more energy efficient. You can get the spouse (and even the kids) involved in searching for the best electricity providers in the area. I even managed to get my kids excited about gathering information about the available options and calculating the amount of money I can save with every plan.
By letting them be an active part of the process, you’ll also be teaching the kids – yes, the spouse too! – responsibility. They will be more eager to follow through on their promises. They might even stop caring about the rewards they can claim altogether, knowing that they’re helping you save money and keeping the family energy-efficient.
Saving energy and lowering electricity consumption around the house is relatively easy. Now that you have these tips in hand, you can make the process more enjoyable and get everyone involved.