School holiday energy saving
Televisions, tablets, radios and other electronic devices can all be operated for more hours than usual. Make energy saving a fun challenge for kids these school holidays and invite them to reduce the negative impact on the environment. By implementing simple changes in daily habits, you can make a big difference to your energy costs.
Encourage children to be water wise and turn the dishwasher on only when it is full. Imagine how much water and energy is wasted if you consistently use it for a couple of dishes and cups at a time. Always opt to utilise your washing lines if the weather is sunny instead of using the dryer.
If the weather is not favourable, make it a competition to see who can best fill their clotheshorse with items that need to dry. Where you can, purchase energy-efficient light bulbs for rooms, as they use significantly less energy than standard incandescent globes. They also last eight times longer and produce less greenhouse gas emissions.
Lastly, why not try getting out of the house. If you’re not there, there’s less energy being used at home.
Top five tips for the school holidays
1. Go shopping as a family and purchase snuggly blankets, warm dressing gowns and ugg boots to use before switching on your heating.
2. Encourage kids to turn off bathroom and bedroom lights when they are not using the room. As an incentive, you could suggest deducting 50 cents from their pocket money for every unnecessary light left on.
3. Have one night a week where only one television is allowed to be on. If there are multiple shows of interest, roll a dice to decide which one you watch together. You can always record other programs to view another time. Don’t forget to turn off the television during dinnertime. It will allow you to talk with family members about your day and lower your energy costs at the same time.
4. Similarly, try having an technology free night. No televisions, no computers, no tablets. Dust off old favourites such as Cluedo or Monopoly or break out a deck of cards and learn some new games. You could choose a favourite book to read and share your favourite stories with your family.
5. Choose one night of the week to have a ‘no cook’ dinner. Get creative and think of a meal you could make together that requires minimal use of kitchen appliances. Many sandwiches and salads can be made with no cooking necessary.