Monique O'Grady: When you get your energy bill every month, do you ever think I wish this was lower? Well, one easy way to keep your bills down is by getting your kids involved as energy efficiency masters. Kids spend time and energy playing on gaming consoles. But there are steps they can take to use less energy. For example, make sure you always turn it off. A university studies says the average user who doesn't power down their console will use 10 times more electricity than someone who does. So when kids finish playing, they need to turn the power off. Other electronics are turn off to prevent wasted energy, computers, televisions, and DVRs and remember having outdoor play time everyday saves energy and improves health. Also, during the day kids can be the light police and switch off lights when they don't need to be on. Plus, they can take this good habit to school and keep classroom lights off when no one is around.
Children can be the thermostat temperature team. They can help install a programmable thermostat and make sure the house isn't being overcooled in the summer or overheated in the winter.
Energy efficiency education can also help. Kids can learn to avoid the energy hogs bad habits by playing online games to defeat the energy wasting villain at energyhog.
So keep your energy bills down by keeping your children engaged. They can be the energy savers of the next generation.