Remember, habits that they form now will stay with them the rest of their lives.
Children may not understand the importance of cleaning or replacing air filters on your air conditioner unit but they can easily understand the importance of turning off unneeded lights, unplugging appliances when not in use, and purchasing energy-efficient light bulbs.
Explain to your children in an age-appropriate manner what conserving energy means and then have them help you to think up ways to achieve it. You may be surprised at how enthusiastic they are. A 6-year-old may have a great conservation idea you’ve not yet even thought of. If your children are involved with the brainstorming and planning, they will be more apt to be eager participants in the ongoing efforts.
You can even get the children their own recycling bins. Stackable recycling bins like the ones we recently reviewed are great choices:
Children can stack their own colorful bins, and they love the feeling that they are really part of the process.