Most people are cautious of how much energy they use and how their daily activities affect the world we live in.
As Earth Day approaches, we chatted with blogger Heather Hamilton, A.K.A. @tjzmommy on Twitter, about how her family does its part for the environment, websites that help teach her kids about energy savings and how Rogers Smart Home Monitoring (a system she’s trying out for a year) is helping her family, as well as the Earth.
What energy savings strategies do you use at home?
We are very conscious of our energy consumption in our house and it’s great to see that our kids have also jumped on board with our strategies. As a family, we are vigilant about turning off lights when we aren’t in the room and turning down the thermostat when we are not home. Since we have two boys, they do like to keep the lights on at night, but we have all worked hard to limit the energy to a small nightlight in the room, rather than leaving on a full bathroom light!
How do you teach your children about energy savings? Any cool apps or games you could recommend?
My kids love anything interactive on the computer, so here are our favourite energy- and eco-focused sites for kids:
- EcoKids has some great online games for kids to teach them about being energy efficient around the house and allows them to be part of the solution;
- Earth Rangers is such a great site to educate kids about animals and ideas on helping to give back to the environment – lots of opportunities to earn rewards along the way for helping;
- The US Department of Energy has a really kid-friendly site to engage kids, educate them and let them have fun while saving energy!
How is Rogers Smart Home Monitoring helping you save energy?
We left on a weekend away, shortly after the Rogers Smart Home Monitoring installation, and I totally forgot to turn down my thermostat! I’m far too cheap and eco-conscious to allow that to happen, so I logged onto my iPhone app and adjusted the temperature to be cooler while we were away. On the drive home, I logged back in and turned up the heat for when we got home.
Which feature(s) will be the handiest for Earth Day?
We will be using all of the features to save energy on Earth Day! We have created a list with the kids on how they can be active this Earth Day and work with us to reduce the energy we use, turn off taps, turn off lights and be more aware of paper products that they use.
Did you know that with Rogers Smart Home Monitoring you can get your lights and small appliances to turn on and off according to your schedule? You can read all about the system’s easy home automation features here.
Today, residents of New Brunswick – in Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton – and residents of St. John’s, Newfoundland, can book a FREE in-home assessment by visiting www.rogers.com/smarthome
What do you do to save energy? Share your tips in the comments below.
Sarah is a regular contributor to RedBoard