Going Green

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Going Green

 

 

 

 

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. 

“Joshua” 
“Yes Dad?” 
“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.

The Green Deal Mythbuster

Green Deal – Energy Saving For Your Home

Environmental taxes, reliefs and schemes for businesses

Find energy grants and ways to improve your energy efficiency

Cheap or Free Solar Panels – Is it worth fitting them?

 

 

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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…

 

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22 comments

  • I love the idea of getting them to understand about how saving energy can save money using the Argos catalogue… I am definitely doing that!
    Jet’s new job is to rinse everyone’s yoghurt pots after dinner so they can go in the recycling bin. I’m pretty sure he uses the maximum possible amount of water in order to perform this task, but you can’t have everything!
    x Alice
    #ftmob

    • Martin

      Hi, Alice.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. The boys seem to know more about recycling than turning off the lights. I’m not sure why but there seems to be more effort involved!

      As for the Argos catalogue, I’m not sure why, but this has always been the best way of showing them the value of money.

      Saving water, well that’s a different post altogether! #ftmob

  • Great post! I have always been really careful with money and ways of saving it ( mainly because ive never had the luxury of having loads and loads of it! Even if i did i think i’d be the same!).

    I think it is really important to teach children to be green and responsible, although it is important to do it in an appropriate way….I remember being really young and sneaking downstairs in the middle of the night, every night, to switch lights and switches off because I was so worried because my mum had told us that the electricity bill was so high we couldn’t afford to live in our house anymore (this wasnt actually true lol).

    As a primary teacher I have always taught about recycling and i save EVERYTHING just in case things can be used again or for something else ( they usually can)….teachers also dont get a very good budget so i always end up spending my own money!

    My biggest challenge when i was on maternity leave was the phase leader who took over my class when i was off chucking out EVERYTHING ( furniture, resources, even my own equipment!) after securing a large amount of money from the head for new things…..I am actually getting really cross just writing this and thinking about it, over a year later!

    If everyone were a little more green i could really have an impact #KCACOLS

    • Martin

      Hi, Sarah.

      Thanks for popping over and leaving your comment. It’s always difficult when somebody takes your place when you’re off. Things are never the same when you come back, as you’ve discovered.

      I think saving money and going green go hand in hand, it just depends what’s more of a priority. In our house, saving money by turning off the lights works for us!

      #KCACOLS

  • Lots of great tips for going green and I love the idea of using the Argos catalogue and showing the “toy currency value” to help children understand how much more it costs when they leave things turned on and plugged in. Joshua complaining about having to walk back to the kitchen to turn off the light made me chuckle – my hubby and I occasionally have similar moments! Harrison’s explanation of using one eye to watch the tablet and the other to watch the DVD made me laugh too – my eldest will often ask for the iPad whilst she’s watching TV and I keep telling her she can’t do both at once! Thanks for linking up to #ftmob 🙂

    • Martin

      Hi, Louise.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment. I’m not sure why the boys have to have two things running at the same time, I guess they think they might be missing out on something!

      The whole Argos thing is great. Since we’ve started doing it, they’ve got their heads around the value of money a bit more. Now all we have to do is get them to start using pounds instead of pennies. Joshua will often say ‘Wow! That’s three hundred pennies’

      Thanks for hosting #ftmob

  • That quote is quite chilling, but definitely something to bear in mind at all times!
    I do love Harrison’s reply to you. My little one is too young to be wasting electricity just yet – but he is pretty good at wasting food, which I’m having to get used to throwing in the bin after it’s been thrown all over the kitchen, it’s painful!
    Thank you for linking up to Candid Cuddles.

    • Martin

      Hi, Rebecca.

      When I wrote the quote, it wasn’t about ‘Going Green’ but more so about the way humans intimidate other humans with threats of war and nuclear testing etc.

      Whilst I’m a big believer in ‘Children are our future generation’ if those children have been brainwashed or influenced in the wrong way, the problems will only continue.

      Thanks for linking up from Candid Cuddles.

  • Great post. Funnily enough although I have always been conscious of looking after the environment, I have only recently come to be thinking about the way I live and what I can do differently. Yes we turn lights off and we recycle and ten taps off during teeth brushing, but whilst travelling around Tasmania (who are in drought) and seeing the lush grasses tuning brown and the creeks drying up has really affected me. Maybe I need to post about this too on my blog. We visited an Unzoo where they have no zoo boundaries and animals are free to come and go. They are working so hard on conservation and trying desperately to save the endangered (critically endangered) Tasmanian Devils. I saw the dryer up creek beds and saw small pools of water which if there is no rain will be gone in a matter of a week and the fish in there will be dead. It is just heart breaking. I am glad I found this post it has really inspired me to do more!

    • Martin

      Hi, Mackenzie.

      I remember when my wife’s auntie stayed with us (from Tasmania) and she was quite surprised at the amount of water we wasted. It kinda opened my eyes because we actually try to save water. A few ideas were given and I have to admit, I think it was habit more than anything.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

  • Some really great tips there – about a very important issue. I agree that we need to try and help our children understand the issue and some of the ways, however small they may seem, that we can all help. Harrison’s reply did make me smile though 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • Martin

      Hi, Sara.

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read this post. I’m glad you found it useful. Yep! Harrison is coming out with some funny things lately! Things that can only be said with innocents by a child!
      #kcacols

  • I definitely feel that we waste / contribute to landfills more, now we have kids.
    Night-lights on, heating turned up (for baby), extra (extra) loads of laundry, food waste from uneaten dinners, nappies, nappies, nappies…!
    But we do what we can, recycle as much as possible, and try to instil good habits now, when they’re still little.
    Not only do we use both sides of paper for drawings, but toilet and kitchen rolls also make great canvases, and any old catalogue can be but up for sticking!
    #KCACOLS

    • Martin

      Hi, Ellie.

      We’re passed the nappy stage in our house but I know what you mean. It used to break my heart buying them, only for them to end up in the bin! Luckily, most of the waste in our city ends up in a giant incinerator that produces power for the town. But that’s only because of EU rule and the fact that all our land fill sites are now full.

      Thanks for dropping over and leaving a comment. #kcacols

  • This is very informative – leaving lights on is also a real bugbear of mine! I think its a great idea to make children aware of how they can save energy at a young age. I have to say its not one that has been high on my list before.

    Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday x

    • Martin

      Hi, Maria.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Whilst we’ve taken steps to try and cut down on unnecessary usage, I realise there is probably more that we can do. But, as they say, one step at a time!

      Thanks for linking up from #KCACOLS

  • It is a constant battle in my house to turn lights out! I will make them get up and turn out the lights if I see that they have left them on. The sad part is my 3 year old, the youngest of our household, is the best at turning the lights off when she exits a room. Our thermostat is on 68*F during the winter but we also have a pellet stove that I use to take the chill off the house in the early morning when everyone is waking and getting ready for school. I live in such a small town that there is no recycling bins anywhere except Wal-Mart bags. I do take those and put them in their recycle bin. And my husband wants to get some of our house solar powered eventually. It is hard with kids but you are right…it’s important to teach them. We can’t reverse the damage done but we can at least try to slow it down. Thanks for linking up with #momsterslink Martyn. Good to have you. 💌Trista, Domesticated Momster

    • Martin

      Hi, Trista.

      Thanks for your comment. I find it hard to understand that there are no recycling bins in your town. Maybe it’s something you could campaign for (in among the house-work, shopping, school run…).

      Solar power isn’t something we’ve looked into but it might be in the future. Let’s hope the boys don’t think it wouldn’t matter about leaving lights on as we would then produce ‘our own electric’!

      Thanks for hosting Momsterslink.

  • Sarah

    Charge your phone in the car… I love that idea. I so hadn’t thought of that one, we are super good at recycling and not having too much rubbish. I say super good but have you heard of zero waste? I think it’s so important to encourage kids to be conscientious of our planet. Kids are never too young! Thanks for raising awareness and linking up #FabFridayPosts

    • Martin

      Hi, Sarah.

      Thank you for taking the time to leave your comment. Being the tight one that I am, I have always charged my phone in the car when I can, it’s free It saves energy!

      We do have some waste but because we recycle and put food out for compost, we’re now down to one bin bag a week. Not bad for a family of four. Of course, zero waste will always be better so maybe I’ll work on it.

      Thanks for commenting. #FabFridayPost

  • I think it’s hard with children to get them to see the pay off. My friend has a points system for different tasks such as recycling and switching off lights.

    • Martin

      Hi, Charlene,

      A points system, that’s a good idea. Maybe I should incorporate their achievement chart within this? Mind you, a tick off for every light left on…

      A good idea, I think we’ll consider that, thanks.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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