Energy saving tips the government can’t object to!

How to get your kids switched on about cutting energy costs

With Number 10 allegedly stalling a national campaign to help families save energy in response to skyrocketing gas and electricity bills, and, with potential blackouts on the horizon this winter… parents need all the help they can get. 

Former primary school teacher Matt Watson of education resource experts PlanBee says why not take the opportunity to teach (and remind a few adults too) them about how to conserve energy

Don’t alarm your youngsters by sharing your worries about bills but teach them how they can help.

Make it fun!

Play a game in which children have to spot anything around the house that is wasting energy (e.g., a light left on, a device on charge unnecessarily, a TV on standby…) Children could be given a point every time they spot one of these happening in the house and the winner is the person with the most points at the end of the week.

Board game fun

Children could design and make their own board game to encourage saving energy using these FREE Blank Board Game TemplatesFor example, on one of the squares it might say ‘You left the light on when you left the room – move back 3 spaces’ or ‘You remembered to turn the tap off when you were brushing your teeth. Move forward 2 spaces’ etc. 

Energy-free family fun night

Why not set an evening in the week where instead of watching TV or using devices, you come together as a family and do activities requiring no energy? For example, play a board game, play charades, go out in the garden for a game of badminton, walk to the local park, or tell stories.

Chores by hand

Getting children to help you out with chores by hand is a good way to teach them how much we rely on energy for our modern lives. You could try hand-washing a stained garment rather than putting it in a washing machine or washing the dishes rather than using a dishwasher one day a week. 

Get out and about

Children love being outside and there are loads of activities that can be done outdoors requiring no energy. For example, you could go on a bike ride, go for a walk around the local area, go to the park and play on the equipment or take a ball with you for a kick around. Remember to talk to your child about how what they are doing is using absolutely no energy (other than their own!)

Lead by example

It is really important to show children through your own actions how important it is to save energy. If you don’t practise what you preach, children are unlikely to do so either! 


Recycling is so important because it uses much less energy than creating things from scratch every time. Talk to your children about this and get the children involved with sorting the recycling and taking it out on your collection day. 

Get crafty

Children love being creative so why not put away their devices or switch off the TV and see what they can create from leftover milk bottle tops, kitchen roll tubes and empty packaging! 

Sort it

Set up a mini recycling centre in your house – give the children boxes for different materials and see if children can sort packaging into them correctly. Getting them involved in activities like this will teach children about why recycling is important and help them learn which materials can and cannot be recycled. 

Marvellous maths

Find out how much a KW/hour costs and then challenge your child to work out how much it costs to watch a film on the TV, cook a meal or have that hot bath-tap running! If you have a smart meter you could challenge the family to see how low you can get your energy usage week on week. 

Poster pack – 

Download this FREE ‘Be Energy Aware Poster Pack’ which contains a set of child-friendly posters with ideas for how to save energy around the home.