A new web site, Green Allowance, encourages parents to use allowances to motivate their kids to develop environmentally friendly habits. The site fosters a deal between parents and their kids: the kids take on various energy saving projects, the parents split some of the estimated savings with their kids. Green Allowance sends report cards, showing how much energy and money were saved by the kids’ activities.
My take? I’m all in favor of teaching kids how to save energy, but I’m not crazy about the idea of paying them to do so. We try to turn daily activities into learning activities, reminding our kids that we have to pay for things like water. They’re learning that if they remember to turn the water all the way off after washing their hands, we’ll have more money for a vacation and other things.
A good web site that will help your kids learn how to save energy is Energy Star Kids. What do you do to help your kids learn about conserving energy?