Happy Earth Day!
How to Green Your Home . . . And Get Your Kids Involved
Earth Day began in 1970 and was created to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. In the spirit of Earth Day, we thought it fitting to pass along some tips on How to Green Your Home . . . And Get Your Kids Involved, from the book, Consider it Done.
If you’re conscious about the planet and would like to find ways to “go green”, like many of our clients, remember that if you want to involve your kids, bigger concepts like electric cars and solar panels can be out of most young children’s realm of understanding. We found a ton of cheap, easy, and fun ways to actively teach kids about being environmentally concious while taking steps to “green” a home. Here are a few ideas:
- Start a compost garden – it’s a fun project to do with your kids that will also cut down on your household trash. If you’re not sure how to compost, check out composting101.com or composting videos on YouTube
- Turn regular arts and crafts projects into “green-inspired” projects – Find out how to make recycled paper out of old newspapers at make-stuff.com/recycling/paper.html. Then use it for painting and drawing. This is two activities in one (bonus!), since the process of making the paper is a craft in and of itself. Convert old coffee cans into flower pots or cover cereal boxes with paper grocery bags and color on them to make magazine organizers. Just think, it’s fun for kids, and it’ll help you get organized.
- Model behavior for your kids . . . and turn it into a contest to make it exciting – Although I shouldn’t have to remind you, the other easy changes you can make right away, and in front of your kids, are to always turn off the lights when you leave a room and turn off the faucets while you’re brushing your teeth. Also, remember that appliances can eat up energy even when they are turned off, so unplug things completely like the coffee machine, your cell-phone charger and even your television when they’re not in use.
- Replace your light bulbs – Buy some fluorescent bulbs to replace the incandescent ones you likely use now. Major advancements in fluorescent lighting have been made in just the past few years, so you’ll be surprised how soft and bright these bulbs are. Flourescent bulbs cost about the same amount as the incandescent kinds, but they last much longer (up to ten times longer), and they use about a third of the energy, so they’ll also save you money in the long run.
- Subscribe to a “green” blog – Check the blog with your kids each morning. Some blogs even have new green activities that your kids can do. Check out treehugger.com, thedailygreen.com or bestgreenblogs.com