Since deciding to take on the full time responsibility of homeschooling Colette, things have been a bit different around our house. More so than usual we are incorporating the things that we do every day, as parents, into lessons that I can provide for the kids.
With freezing temperatures outside not-so-gently reminding us that winter is very much here (and not going anywhere!) we’re talking about being energy efficient.
Why bother with being energy efficient?
- Financial: saves money
- Productivity: saves time
- Comfort: improves quality of life
- Puts less strain on the grid (reduces outages)
- Puts less strain on other natural resources (like water)
- Reduces emissions that can harm the environment
Curious about ways that you can be more energy efficient? Take advantage with these warm weather, cold weather and everyday savings tips (broken down by no cost, low cost and investment solutions) on the PG&E website or see their energy tips here.
As we typically do with our Waldorf-y ways, I decided to bring nature into the equation to explain things to the four year old.
Plants are amazing air purifiers, for maximum efficiency I heard that you’ll want at least two plants (in 10- to 12-inch pots) per 100 square feet of space. Meaning just a few houseplants will make sure that you’re breathing fresh and clean air without the use of any electricity-using tools!
What else? Plants naturally release moisture. According to the United States Geological Society, once a plant is watered, moisture will travel through the plant from the roots up to the pores that are on the underside of the leaves. These pores release moisture, which will then increase the humidity level in the room. Bam, no humidifier!
Plus, let’s be honest: They’re just plain pretty! In addition to the physical benefits, plants are therapeutic and help to relieve stress. So here’s an easy DIY for a succulent window garden using Mason Jars. Keep it in a sunny window all year long– I think you’ll find the vibrant greens a nice relief in combatting the traditional winter blues.
If you’re curious where these adorable terrariums came from, I got them from Home Depot. Want to win a $100 gift card to Home Depot? Enter to win the #PGEhome Instagram Photo Challenge Contest taking place right now. It ends November 23, so make sure you jump on it! You can enter to win one of seven $100 Home Depot gift cards! Read more about it here.
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