Climate change has been a controversial subject for a while now, and many leading organizations say there is irrefutable proof to support calls for sweeping changes. In fact, the adverse impact of climate change could linger for a century or longer
But there are things you and your household can do to avoid contributing to the problem. If you have children, you can adopt new routines and practices so that you and yours ultimately become a household made up of committed environmental stewards.
Do you want to work with your children to become a green household? Here are some tips.
If you're a homeowner, chances are you're accustomed to putting out your garbage and recyclable materials weekly or bi-weekly. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average person produces as much as 1,606 pounds of garbage annually. So recycling makes sense for the entire family on so many levels. If you have children, here's how you can get them involved in recycling efforts:
Sort it Out: If you have multiple recycling containers, ask your children to place certain types of recyclables in specific recycling bins. For instance, you might have them place glass and plastic in one container and have them place cardboard and paper in another.
Less is More
When it comes to conserving and reducing waste, it's important to remember that less is more. Be open and frank with your kids so that they know the importance of cutting back on things that lead to more waste at landfills. Here are some suggestions.
Reusable Grocery Bags: Discuss with your kids the importance of reusable grocery bags. Paying a nickel for a plastic bag might seem like a small expense, but it adds up over time.
Be Choosy at the Supermarket: When you're shopping for groceries with your kids, let them know what's on the grocery list. Have them find products that have minimal packaging. This will help them cut down on materials that will end up at the landfill.
Learn how to reuse things. Your kids will be receptive to things like the following.
Thrift Stores: One of the great things about thrift shops is that they give clothing, books, footwear, and other things a new lease on life. Teach your kids about the importance of reusing and about how reusing or repurposing cuts down on waste. You can also encourage your kids to donate things they don't want or need to thrift shops. As a reward for them doing so, let them buy something they can use at the thrift shop.
Most families use a lot more energy than they realize. This can stem from using older, electricity-drinking appliances or even leaving lights on unnecessarily. One thing you definitely need to consider is the hot water heater in your residence. It will use gas or electricity to provide the hot water you and your family need. If you want to conserve energy, reduce your use of hot water. And when you do need hot water, reduce the temperature a bit. Over time you'll see the savings. Here's how you can involve your kids in your household's bid to reduce the usage of hot water:
Shorter Showers: Encourage your children to take shorter showers -- and to perhaps dial back how hot they make the water while showering.
Follow these tips to encourage your children to help create a green home. If you need to get your water heater serviced or replaced, be sure to contact a licensed plumber for the help you require.