For the benefit of our children, we should instil in them the importance of caring for the environment and the planet’s natural resources. It’s easy to get children interested in the environment from an early age and by living a more sustainable life, your family can also save on the most basic household bills. Green living doesn’t have to cost a great deal or mean that you should sacrifice the beauty of your home.
Teach your children to turn off the lights when they’ve finished using a room. This will help save on your energy bills and benefit the environment. You can buy energy-saving light bulbs very cheaply and not really notice the difference in many areas of the house. You don’t have to replace all your light bulbs either; just a couple of changes can have a positive effect on your monthly bills. If you teach children early that turning appliances off at the plug rather than leaving them on standby saves energy, they will develop good habits that will follow them through life.
If you’re considering replacing a piece of furniture or buying a new addition to your home, look for sustainably sourced wooden pieces. Don’t choose wood that is rare or comes from an endangered environment. You can find plenty of reclaimed or recycled items that are just as attractive as any brand new pieces of furniture. For those interested in wooden flooring, check out firms that use recycled wood, like The Reclaimed Flooring Company.
Some children can be very fussy when it comes to family meals and this means that you can end up throwing away a great deal of food. Encourage your children to try new things and praise them when they clean their plates. If your child feels over-faced, why not allow them more control in determining their portion size? Many households in the UK waste money by throwing away food, because they haven’t been able to eat it in time. Take your children to the supermarket and allow them to read the ‘use by’ dates on products so you can be sure that you’ll eat whatever you buy. If you have tinned or packet foods that you’re not going to consume, these can be donated to your local food bank to help families in need. You can also teach children to put out breadcrumbs, the fat from ham and apple cores outside for the birds to eat, encouraging wildlife into your garden.