I don’t know about you, but this has been one of the coldest January’s I can remember. Which is already making it a long cold winter. Christmas is just over and no doubt with the weather we are having, your parents are worrying those winter heating bills. Did you ever wonder if there’s a way to stop such high bills and not freeze in your house like, you’re out in the cold?
You can help on Cut Your Energy Costs Day by taking an opportunity to take a look at your life and your home, and find ways of reducing how much energy you’re using. Here are a few ways that you kids can help with this problem.
1. Shut off all lights when you’re done using them, and turn off the TV, computer, video games and other electrical stuff when you leave the room. You may get interrupted and not come back to your room for hours.
2. Lower the thermostat during the winter. If you’re chilly, put on a sweatshirt or snuggle under a blanket.
3. If you’re looking for a snack, don’t stand in front of the refrigerator with the door open. Every time you open the door, up to one-third of the cold air can escape.
4. If a light bulb burns our, ask your parents if they hav a fluorescent bulb. Fluorescent bulbs use 75 percent less energy, and they last 10 times longer.
5. Very politely, remind your mom or dad to use cold water in the washing machine. Hot water won’t get the clothes any cleaner, and it wastes a lot of energy.
6. If you see a faucet dripping, turn it off. One drop per second can add up to 165 gallons of hot water a month – that’s more than one person uses in two weeks!
7. During the winter, don’t take a long bath. Take a short shower instead. It could take as much as 25 gallons of hot water to fill the bathtub and if you’re like me, you soak, add hot water and relax. It only takes seven gallons for a quick shower.
8. Closing the curtains during hot summer days blocks the sun and keeps your rooms cooler. During the winter, keep the curtains open in the daytime. It lets the sun’s heat in and warms up the house. Close the curtains as darkness arrives.
9. During the fall, help your dad or mom put plastic sheeting on windows. This blocks cold drafts. This is called “weatherizing” and it can save a lot of energy.
10. In the Spring, ask your mom or dad plant a tree. Help them. This will give shade your house on hot summer days, after it grows.
These may seem like minor things, but over time it will save your parents money. If you do these things now, you will do them in your own home, too.