Eco-friendly practices and activities can be implemented and enjoyed by your whole family – they are not just the responsibility for the adults in your household. It is important to get kids involved from an early age, so they can learn not only to be responsible consumers of energy, but also contribute to help reducing the cost of living at home! Involve your family in a range of these eco-friendly activities.
Reduce electricity drains
So that unnecessary power is not used around the home, ensure that appliances such as toasters, stereos and phone chargers are completely unplugged when not in use. Also ensure that appliances are not left in standby mode (Ahem… Hubs and his computer), as they continue to draw electricity when in this mode.
An energy and water audit
Review the spending of your family on utilities such as energy and water. To do this, online banking records are helpful and can provide a quick way for you to see expenditure in these areas. As a family, you may like to set a goal that you will work towards in terms of energy and water consumption.
For the adults, you can look into ways of saving money on energy bills through investing in your home with equipment such as a tankless water heater or in solar panels. Consult with an organization that specializes in renewable energy and is experienced with solar energy like Australian Solar Quotes.
The most fun part of this may be working out how you will use money that is saved! Perhaps you will have a great night out together, put it towards a holiday, or buy something new and much-desired for your home.
Create an outdoor living area
The best way to save on energy – use less of it! Your family can reduce the amount of energy it uses by having fun and maximizing the time that is spent outdoors. Create an outdoor space where you can play and enjoy meals together outside.
Reduce and Reuse!
An excellent activity that can be undertaken by all family members is a massive de-cluttering effort. Go through one room at a time looking for toys, clothes and household items that are no longer used. Divide it up into items you want to sell at a garage sale, donate, or are no longer usable.
A wonderful eco-friendly activity that can be enjoyed by all family members is growing fresh produce at your home in your own garden. Growing your own vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs can be really fun and a definite source of pride. Check with your local botanical gardens and garden supply stores to see if they offer classes for children and adults on gardening. Added bonus – kids love eating the fruits and veggies they harvest from their own garden!
Commit to recycling
As a family, make a genuine commitment to home recycling. Take steps to ensure everyone has ready access to bins for paper and plastic recycling.
There are so many eco-friendly activities that can be practiced and enjoyed by the whole family to help reduce your environmental impact. The whole family can get involved in these activities and make a very real contribution sustainable and eco-friendly living.