Going Green is something I only really started doing when I first met my wife. And when I say ‘Going Green’, what I actually mean is, I started to recycle more. Other than that, things pretty much stayed the same, until we had kids that is!
So, What's Changed?
The other day, Harrison came to me and asked ‘Dad, can I have my tablet please?’ ‘Yes, of course you can’ I replied, and went and retrieved it from the hiding place they’ve not yet discovered.
Five minutes later, Harrison hands me his Ice Age 3 DVD and asked ‘Dad, can you put this on your laptop so I can watch it please?’
‘But Harrison, I’ve just turned on your tablet. You can’t use both at the same time.’
I’ll come back to his reply later…
Now, anybody that’s lived on their own will know how hard it can be to make ends meet, even with three jobs on the go. There is no help with paying bills, mortgage, maintenance or repairs. You just have to get on with it.
One of the areas I was always able to keep costs down on was electric. Whilst I would claim ‘Going Green’, my friends would just call me tight! Having three jobs helped, like, really helped.
The lights were only on first thing in the morning (getting up) and last thing at night (getting in from work). Leaving lights on is a real bugbear of mine. There is such a difference between turning the lights off after yourself, a partner and a whole family.
“Would you mind walking back and turning out the kitchen light please?”
Joshua looks at me, puts his arms out, like he’s been so inconvenienced, and replies, “come on Dad. You’ve waited for me to get to here (the dinning room door) before you asked to go back and turn the light out. Now I’ve got to walk all the way back (all of ten foot) to the kitchen to turn the light out. You could have asked me when I was halfway across. That way, I wouldn’t have as far to walk!”
“Joshua…” This was all I needed to say before the stomping of feet headed for the direction of the kitchen. After muttering, ‘there’ under his breath, he then turned around and headed back to the front room, leaving me in one of those ‘laugh or cry’ moments.
In conclusion to, ‘So, What’s Changed?’ I’m guessing it’s down to circumstances and trying to persuade the people around you to have the same mindset. And as you’ve seen, teaching the younger members of your family is really important, as they bare the influence over our planet’s future. Influence is everything
Going Green - What Can We Teach Our Children?
Using the quote above as an example, it would have been so much easier (and quicker for that matter) to have gotten off my chair and turned the light out myself. But let’s face it, that’s not going to teach the kids anything. Other than the fact that they can do less and less because people are willing to run around after them.
Going Green is an ongoing process. As scientist discover more about global warming, the advice in which to help tackle it, changes. Sometimes, they have even been known to contradict themselves, but I feel it has to be fair when I say, this is only because they are constantly updating their research results.
Showing our children the effects of global warming is a practice some parents participate in, and I have to agree, it can be effective, especially when you show them pictures of how devastating things like flooding and storms can be. However, with that said, your kids are going to have to be of a certain age to take an interest. Getting comments like, ‘Cool. When can get a ride in a boat like that?’, will leave you feeling like they’re too young to understand.
Another thing I’ve tried doing is to revert back to my, ‘tight git’ days. Yes, I’ve actually tried to get them to understand how much more it costs when the lights are left on and tablets are being constantly charged. Getting money out of my wallet (easy!) and showing them how much money they could save (I find getting the Argos catalog out and showing them a value in toy currency is easier) is a little more effective. If they know money can be spent in better areas, they do actually stop and think about it, sometimes.
There are many ways in which we can show our children the devastating affecting global warming has on our planet. But as I mentioned earlier, they have to be interested and want to feel like their efforts aren’t being wasted. If you want to introduce your children to a few energy saving tips around the house, then why not take a look at the ideas below?
Going Green - What Can We Do Around The House?
There are many benefits to Going Green, priorities however, are a different topic altogether. Whether you want to do your bit for the environment, teach your kids how to preserve the future of their planet or simply want to use the ‘Green Card’ simply to help cut your electric bills, here are some tips you could start implementing today.
Going Green – Energy Saving Tips …
- Turn off your lights.
- Buy energy saving light bulbs.
- Restrict times usage times on tablets, phones and consoles etc, thus, cutting down on charging.
- Turn your thermostat down a little and wear more clothes
- Unplug your clocks, DVDs, and televisions when you go on holiday.
- Charge your phones and tablets in the car where possible.
Going Green – Environment Good Practices
- Get your kids to use both sides of the paper when drawing you a picture.
- Recycle, recycle, recycle!
- Buy items that come in recyclable packaging.
Going Green – As a householder
- Double glaze where possible
- Inquire about solar panels on your house.
- Buy energy efficient appliances
Going Green - Useful Links
There are various deals, schemes and grants that this goverment has/does offer(ed) its UK residents. Here is some useful information about past and present schemes. Please remember to read the terms and conditions on the websites.
Going Green - Products
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Going Green - Acknowledgements
And What Was Harrison's Excuse? ...
Now, back to what Harrison’s reply was
“…But Dad, I have two eyes. I can use one for watching my tablet, and the other to watch my DVD”.
Who says men can’t multitask?
Going Green - Quote
And finally, to finish of, here is something to think about…