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Hello there! Welcome to Mommy Tell All Monday, a place where we share all things related to *motherhood.*
It’s Monday and I’ll tell you what, I’m ready to hit the ground running this week! Not literally (I’m so not a runner), but I have a ton on my to do list and I’m super motivated. One of the things I am focusing on this week is preparing for summer temperatures. I live in Arizona and our summer temps are killer. And when I say killer, I mean on my bank account too, due to higher electric bills. So today I am going to share some Energy and Water Saving Tips for Moms and Kids, including adding in some LED power! I think you are going to find that these little adjustments are not only simple, but they will save you money in the long run as well.
What can us moms do to help minimize those electric and water bills this summer? Here are 5 simple Energy and Water Saving tips that anyone can do:
- Switch out your regular ol’ light bulbs to LED power! I suggest using GE LED Energy Smart light bulbs. One LED bulb lasts as long as 15 traditional incandescent bulbs and uses 80% less energy! You can also check your annual savings using the energy saving calculator.
- Turn off anything that’s plugged in that you are not using…electronics, appliances, etc. An easy way to do this is to use power strips! Then just go around and turn off the strips.
- Close the curtains or blinds during the hottest parts of the day. If you have Venetian blinds, angel them up to reflect the light up.
- Set your air conditioner to 75* F when you are home and 82-85* F when you are gone from home. Be sure to change those air filter regularly too!
- Replace old shower heads with water efficient shower heads.
Not too bad right? Easy adjustments = energy, water, and money saved! I bought 4 GE LED Energy Smart light bulbs and put them in the rooms we have lights on the most- the bathrooms, living room, hallway, and the playroom/school room. I plan on buying a couple of LED bulbs every week until all of our bulbs are switched over. Is it funny that I’m actually really excited about this? LOL!
You’ll notice that I only put one light bulb in the bathroom. Only putting in one bulb rather than 3 saves on energy also!
Now if you know me, you know that I can turn almost any situation into a learning experience. I love to include my daughter in on things that I am doing, such as conserving water and energy and, in turn, saving our family money. I think it’s an important life lesson. And let’s be honest moms, it’s nice to have our kids help out too! Here are a few simple things that the kids can do to help out…
- Turn off lights in rooms you walk out of.
- Don’t let the water run too long. Turn off the water.
- When you are done using an electronic device (TV, gaming system, computer, etc.), turn it off.
I made a checklist to put up around the house to help my daughter remember these 3 simple tasks she can do to help out with conserving energy and water. And I’ll be honest and tell you it’s a nice reminder for my husband and I as well.
You can print out a kid’s checklist HERE. Please remember all free printables are for Mine for the Making readers personal use only.
Are you ready for something super awesome? How about a coupon for those GE LED Energy Smart light bulbs? It’s live until May 1st, so grab it while you can. Head to Sam’s Club to stock up on LED bulbs so you can start saving money now!
You can see more awesome lighting ideas and energy saving tips by checking out the hashtags #LEDSavings and #CollectiveBias.
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