School is back in session! As the kids break in their new pencils, notebooks, and backpacks, it’s only fair that we give you some homework too! Have no fear, there are no pop quizzes here. Just some simple tips for back-to-school energy savings.

For parents, teachers, and children, this can be a hectic time and we want to show you how easy it can be to incorporate energy savings into your day. In this article, we have summed up some quick and easy ways you can lower your energy bills without any added stress. Energy efficiency is easier than you think and can greatly influence your home’s energy bills. So, take your seat and get ready for a lesson in energy savings 101!

Adjust Your Thermostat

We all have trouble playing the thermostat game over the course of the changing seasons. One day, it can feel like summer, and the next, it’s a crisp, fall day. Keep an eye on your thermostat so you are not unnecessarily cooling or heating your home throughout the day.

Investing in a programmable thermostat may be the ticket for monitoring your system based on the temperature outside. You can even control some thermostats on your phone, giving you greater control over your energy usage even when you aren’t home.

Use Your Refrigerator Better

We are all for getting the kids in the kitchen to help. However, opening and closing the fridge when packing lunches can waste energy. While packing lunches is an affordable meal option, wasted energy from the fridge can counteract your savings.

When putting lunches together, try taking out all your ingredients at once, closing the fridge, and only opening and putting everything away once complete. You will be surprised how much this small change can make a difference in your energy bill.

Unplug Your Devices

With the kids at school, there’s no sense leaving devices plugged in and sitting idle all day. While the kids are at school and anytime they are not using them, have your kids unplug their electronic devices.

Sometimes, getting into a habit is half the battle. But once they’re used to this routine, it will become second nature. If devices do need to be charged when they are not in use or overnight, try leaving yourself a note to unplug them once the charge is complete. Even a few unplugged hours can make a difference.

Get the Kids Involved in After-School Activities

Even as adults, with idle time, we tend to flip on the TV and pick up our phones. The same goes for kids! If kids are home and bored, they are more likely to utilize their devices for easy fun. Try encouraging your kids to get outdoors or participate in group activities.

Joining an after-school group, sports team, or study session allows kids to get involved in a new outlet. Not to mention the many social benefits of getting to know classmates, teammates, and hopefully, new friends. Books, board games, coloring, and homework are also great ways for kids to utilize their time at home.

Purchase ENERGY STAR Products

When you are in the market for a new appliance or device, stick to ENERGY STAR products. These products are of the highest quality and designed with energy savings in mind. While an initial investment can be tough to rationalize, the savings are well worth the cost in the long run.

We wish you a wonderful school year filled with learning and lots of fun!

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