Having “The Talk” With Your Kids, About Renewable Energy

by staff on December 29, 2011

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Abstaining from electrical activity is one of the most important talks you can have with your family. There are many alternatives to fossil fuels, which are equally as exciting. The safety and consequences of these activities and the prevention of reproducing high electrical usage need to be topics of discussions in households. Having the talk with your kids doesn’t have to be dreadful, boring, or out of a science book. Here are ways to talk to your family about alternative energy.

Consider Their Ages, Maturity and Detail Level

Depending on their ages and how much your kids already know about renewable power that they may have picked up in class or at recess, you may need to start at the beginning – what renewable energy is and why it’s good, and why engaging in the irresponsible electric use is bad.

You might be able to skip the basics and go right to advanced topics – like what it might mean to the political landscape, the global economy or future generations. Renewable energy is a very important (and politically-driven) topic today. Using a renewable source of energy not only benefits you by saving a lot of money, but also helps the earth.

First of all, try and teach your kids what renewable energy means. Renewable energy is that form of energy that doesn’t exhaust the non-renewable natural resources of the Earth, such as fossil fuels like oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear energy, and wood. This means using renewable sources of energy, we do not use up fuels that cannot be recreated or made available again after they have been used once. Energy like wind energy, solar energy, hydro-electricity generated in the dams, and geothermal energy are all examples of renewable sources of energy. You can use sunlight, wind, and water indefinitely. By this, kids will understand why these renewable sources are unlimited and how they can help preserve the Earth’s ecology.

Protection

Teaching kids’ conservation, to wait until they have found the right use of energy, and being conscious of the use of energy will put your mind at ease knowing your kids are well informed and taking precautions. Teaching your children the potential hazards of irresponsible uses of fossil fuels and other non-renewable sources often cause heavy pollution, causing trouble for the earth, making it dirty and polluted. Moreover, explain to them how the environment is affected when a resource gets used up. Lastly, when dealing with renewable energy for kids, it is a good idea to talk about energy preservation as well. If they are taught good habits at an early stage, they will follow these ideologies and help to make the world a better and cleaner place.

Lights Off in the Bedroom

Don’t freight, this is a sign your kids understand the importance of energy conservation. Dimming the lights, turning off the lights; as well as turning off any electronics not in use, putting computers and laptops in sleep mode while not in use, unplugging appliances and electronics when they are not being charged, and closing doors to unoccupied rooms will significantly reduce your energy costs and carbon footprint. Small, everyday changes can make a big difference—teaching the importance of carpooling, ridesharing, and public transportation to limit the use of car fuels and recycling have a high impact on the environment.

A great resource to teach your children about energy, alternative energy, and our planet is the Energy Star Kids website. You can learn more about solar energy and find an installation professional at Cooler Planet.

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