As a mom I often wonder as to the legacy that I am leaving for my children. After all the things that I do today would have an impact on the generation of tomorrow.
I look at what’s happening today and frankly I am amazed! I hear scary adverts about the next world war being fought over water. I look at the energy crisis and quite frankly I am afraid… What am I doing about it? Can I as one individual make a difference? How can I change a bleak future?
And then it struck me… it takes one little raindrop to start a flood, one little footstep to start a journey then I think that it can take one little mommy to make a change, and I believe that the way to do it is to teach these values to my children. So the question remains…
Do you practise what you preach to your kids?
Growing up, I remember learning about the importance of saving electricity and water, recycling and the significance of Arbour Day. I did tons of school projects around these topics but was it enough? I learnt about it, studied it but never really applied it until I was old enough to understand that the teacher wasn’t just blabbering to me. She was preparing me for reality.
I was quite disappointed when I came across some shocking comments while catching up on my one of my favourite Mommy You-tubers. She showed a clip of her brushing her child’s teeth while the water just kept running… Someone commented asking her why she does this as we see it often in clips and asked her if she could close the tap instead because there are so many people longing for clean water worldwide.
The people who replied to this girl and the ignorance they showed was just shocking! One of the common replies was: “I’m paying for it so I can waste it if I want.” Really? What happens if you can’t afford to “pay” for it anymore? What was more shocking is that these answers came from “Parents”.
I’m not starting a debate here but I just want to share my views on what’s happening currently in South Africa. One of our biggest problems right now is that our demand for energy is rising and so is the cost to produce it. This has resulted in our earth’s resources being pushed to the limit and it is increasingly becoming scarce. Although this isn’t completely the fault of the “people”, we need to prepare for the worst.
This was a wakeup call for me. It made me realise we are all contributing towards energy being pushed to the limit… How often do you leave lights on in a room you aren’t sitting in? I admit, I used to until I had a child and realised that she’s bound to copy everything I do.
I think it’s extremely important to show changes in your lifestyle rather than just teaching your child. After all children do what you do not just what you say.
I discovered www.rubybook.co.za that has stories which will teach your child about being energy-efficient plus it will be exciting to read with all the different colours and characters.
I’m starting a routine with Kitana and hope that you could join me in educating our kids about the importance of being energy-efficient. Simple steps make a huge difference.
1. Bath time – Teach the importance of water. They’re never too young to learn about how we can save water as a family.
2. Dressing up for bed – The importance of electricity and what happens when we don’t have any.
3. Story time – Ruby and her Power Pals teach little lessons that Kitana can relate to and learn without realising it.
Visit www.rubybook.co.za and download the 4 stories. It answers the need to teach young children about wise electricity use, as early as possible and in the most entertaining way possible. Using rhythm and rhyme, the stories introduce South Africa’s children to Ruby, a little girl who learns how to save electricity by interacting with her special friends at home – Laaitie the Lightswitch, Hottie the Hot Tap, Freddie the Fridge and TiniRimote, the television remote. The best part is you can download the e-book with audio or read it online if you want.
Today we might have an electricity problem but tomorrow it will be a water shortage and then eventually our food supply. We as parents can set the example for our kids.
There’s simple things we can do at home that will help save energy and money! With the cost of living so high, it’s a no brainer.
1. Use a solar powered geyser.
2. If you are using an electrical geyser you can also install timers with your geyser so that the electric element warms in time for morning and evening baths. This also includes switching off at night when not in use.
3. Dress appropriately. We can also limit the usage for fans/heaters if we actually make the most of natural light (leave the windows opened until the last-minute of light during summer) or leave the oven door opened after usage during winter so the heat can travel through the kitchen and nearby rooms.
4. Use LED Lights. My husband religiously believes that LED lights makes a big difference and I only believed him when our electricity bill arrived. He even says the colour balance of LED’s provide a warm white ambience like sunlight… who knows what that means… 🙂
5. Did you know by keeping your fridge and freezer full means they don’t have to work as hard and therefore they use less energy? Empty space in your fridge or freezer wastes not only space but energy too.
6. Use timers on switches for Pools and Koi ponds. We have both and they take up loads of electricity. My husband has scheduled times for the pool pump and we set a timer for our lights to run by the Koi pond.
7. Use a Gas cooker instead of an electric. I actually wish I invested in this when my husband told me too. With load shedding, we have to schedule cooking and sometimes it just doesn’t work out plus Gas cooking food tastes so much better! No idea why! 😛
8. Use day/night lights so it will automatically go on/off during appropriate times. We’ve done this for our outside lights and it works the best when you’re traveling for days and have to leave those switches on.
9. Unplug all the appliances that you aren’t using regularly. Did you know chargers continue to use electricity when they aren’t charging?
10. Buy solar lights for the garden. These are perfect for big gardens.
There’s so much more you can do to help make a BIG difference. Let us make our tomorrows better by investing in our todays….
What do you do at home to save energy?