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If you’ve ever watched your child stand in front of the fridge for what seems like hours before deciding on a snack, you know that no matter how hard you may try to keep an energy-efficient home, there’s no substitution for getting everyone involved.

One of the ways you can do this – and save money in the process – is by holding a family meeting to come up with new “house rules” for saving energy. Once your list is complete, post them in a place where they can’t be missed – a bulletin board or by the front door. If they’re not being followed, you can have the offender “donate” a quarter – or even a dollar – for each instance of a broken rule.

The money can go toward your electricity bill, new compact florescent light (CFL) bulbs or another “green” item you’ve had your eye on.

Here are a few ideas for house rules that can help you create a more energy-efficient home:

  • Lights must be turned off when you’re not in the room.
  • Outside doors must be completely closed upon entering or exiting the house.
  • Turn ceiling fans off when you leave the room.
  • Showers must be kept to a maximum of 10 minutes.
  • Everything that can be recycled should be recycled.
  • Compost all vegetable scraps.
  • Keep the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher in the summer and 65 degrees or lower in the winter.

If you’d like to teach your kids about the importance of using greener, cleaner energy – and less of it – be sure to check out the TXU Energy Solar Academy and our Community page – they’re full of activities and ideas that will help you create a more energy-efficient home.

And don’t forget to check out our complete green living for families series:

Renewable Energy Choices from TXU Energy
Using a 100% renewable energy plan is a great way to save money while your family goes all-out to have a more energy-efficient home. Over 12 months, that’s environmentally equal to taking two cars off Texas roads!* Learn more today!

*Based on average monthly usage of 2,000 kWh for a period of 12 months, average annual mileage of 11,856 miles and annual CO2 emissions of 12,037 lbs.