Published on 06/04/2020

With the kids off school for the foreseeable future, it’s likely many households will be using more energy than they usually would at this time of year. Because of this, it’s a great idea to involve the whole family in cutting the amount of energy you use and reducing your energy bills.

As a parent, you’ll know the importance of teaching your kids to save energy at home. It not only helps to ensure that you reduce your energy consumption but also has a positive impact on your families carbon footprint.

Want some ideas on how to educate the younger people in your life about energy saving? Our top tips will help you do just that.

First things first; explain what gas and electricity is

Explain to your child what gas and electricity is and where it comes from. You don’t need to be an expert on electricity and gas markets to do this and there are lots of resources online which you can use:

Also, if you want to show your kids what goes into an energy bill, our blog about what goes into your monthly energy bills will help you do just that.

Want to make it into a game? Try playing I spy in your house by pointing out different household items that use electricity.

If you have a more curious child, this video is excellent and explains electricity in more detail.


Teach your kids how much energy appliances use

Once your kids understand the basics, try teaching them how much energy different appliances and household items use. This will help make your children more conscious about their time spent using appliances that use electricity.

You could start by showing them our infographic on how much electricity different appliances use in your house. You can then play a game of identifying which items use less energy or no power.

Present your kids with two options and ask them which uses more electricity. For example, a broom or a vacuum; battery-powered toy or one without the batteries.

Encourage your kids to participate in the activities that don’t use electricity such as reading, playing with toys or drawing.

Make it fun with an energy-saving game

Kids love games and challenges. And you can use this to your advantage. Set up a household energy-saving competition. For example, play energy-saving Bingo. This great blog explains it all well and even has an Energy Saving Bingo Board that you can use.

Encourage family time

This is a great opportunity to spend more time as a family without being stuck to a screen. Instead of watching TV you could play board games, grow a vegetable patch, drawing or encourage other activities that don’t use electricity.

Use natural light in your home

The days are getting longer, and we see more sunshine. Kids love turning on all the lights in the room. But it’s important to teach them to enjoy natural light. Encourage them to open the curtains every morning and to turn the lights off when they leave the room. Kids are fast learners; in no time, they will be reminding you to turn the lights off.

Play music in the shower

Taking shorter showers is an easy way to decrease the amount of energy you use. Especially if you have a large family. The research suggests that if you spend 2 minutes less in the shower, this could help to save £8 per person per year on your energy bills.

A great way to encourage your kids to spend less time in the shower is through their favourite songs. Try playing musical chairs– but in the shower. Let them pick the song that you play while they take a shower. Once the song is up, it’s time to get out!