I'm not big into promoting corporate America or big utilities, but Direct Energy (for both U.S and Canadian consumers!) wanted to partner with bloggers to spread the word on how we can get folks to USE LESS OF THEIR PRODUCT. That's right, an energy company that wants you to buy less of what they sell. Ok, this is something I can support!
5 Ways To #LiveBrighter With Kids to Reduce Energy Consumption:
1) Dress cooler: While I can't set the thermostat to 80 degrees during the day because H and I are home, I can raise it. Adjusting your usage by even a few degrees can have huge effects on your monthly bill! Our daily setting is 74. To accommodate the warmer temp, Henry and I are in tank tops, shorts and bare feet. I've gotten so used to the warmer indoor temperature, I freeze my bum off when we go to a mall or a movie theater!
2) Use the tools they give you: Direct Energy provides you with a "Direct Your Plan" tool where you can create custom billing, get charts to monitor your usage and heat maps that help you plan your consumption during off-peak hours. So in the Texas summers, you don't have to face $450+/mo AC bills. Plus, creating a more even distribution of payments helps out with your monthly budgeting. (Direct Your Plan tool valid in Texas only.)
3) Go Green - literally: Plant shade trees in your yard! South and west facing light is the hottest, so strategically placed trees to provide your roof shade is crucial in reducing your energy consumption. Did you know there can be a difference of over 20 degrees between the sun and the shade? Make it a fun weekend project with your kids! I know mine love to play and dig in the dirt and would be happy to help - as much as a toddler can ;)
4) Stay hydrated: This is a no-brainer, right? But when your body is hydrated, it's easier for it to maintain homeostasis. When your body has to work less to stay healthy and in normal, working condition, you don't need to crank up that AC as much! Make sure your little one is also drinking tons of WATER (juice isn't necessary and is nearly all sugar. Stick to water!) by providing constant easy access to it. I give Henry a sippy and leave it in our playroom for him to grab as needed, and pack it along when we leave the house.
5) Get points for what you spend: Direct Energy is a provider of Plenti points, a national consumer rewards program. Plenti lets you earn points at one place and use them at another, making this a user-friendly rewards program that you'll actually use! If you sign up with Direct Energy, you'll get 1000 bonus Plenti points when you register your account online at plenti.com and link your Direct Energy account. Click the here for more details on how to sign up! (Valid in U.S.)
How do you manage your energy consumption? Do you find yourself making an effort to consume less, and teach your children to live greener? I'd love to hear your tips!