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My family has a habit that makes me crazy. It appears that I am the only person living in our house that understands how to turn off a light switch. Day in and day out I have wandered from room to room, floor to floor to turn off lights in basically every room, at every hour of the day!

I speculate that I am so conscious of our energy usage because I see the bill and pay it. My kids have no concept of that adult fun, my spouse really doesn't either. If I can not only help the planet by reducing our carbon footprint but also save some of our hard-earned money, you better believe I am going to flick every light off you leave on without complaint. 

I am trying to teach my children to use energy wisely. They are small, but it is never too soon to help them develop energy saving habits! We are making it into a game! A chance to see their efforts at saving in action.

  • If the kids find that a grown up has left a cord plugged into the wall without a device to power and they point it out to me...

  • If the kids remember to turn off a light when they leave the room and tell me that they turned off the light...

  • If the kids see something like the television left on when we are leaving, the fridge door open a little, and they let me know or better yet, close the door to the fridge themselves...

  • ...They get a penny for their piggy banks for each action. While it is essentially bribery, let's face it, money talks! I think it is a good example of one of the reasons it is important to save energy that even the little kids can understand.

I have found another way to save on our energy expenses! If you live in Ohio, you will want to learn more about Direct Energy in Ohio and the amount they can save you on your monthly electric rate! You can sSave up to 14%* over DP&L’s electricity rate, and up to 10%* over Duke Energy’s electricity rate. There’s more! Save up to *5% over The Illuminating Company’s electricity rate, and up to 3%* over Ohio Edison’s electricity rate!

*All savings refers to the current difference between Direct Energy's fixed rate offer and the Utility’s current Fixed Rate for Basic Service as of January 8, 2016, and does not include any other component of the electricity bill. Utility rates are subject to change and there may be no savings following the respective official utility rate change date.  Direct Energy's fixed rates include electricity supply charges only and excludes delivery/transmission charges, taxes, and all other utility-related charges. Offer is limited and valid for new residential customers only.

How do you encourage your kids to save energy? Do you have any tips or tricks to help others save on their energy expenses?


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