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Solar Energy Roofing is Just One Step to Going Green

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Over the past decade and a half, the debate over environmental issues, such as climate change and renewable energy sources, has reached a fever pitch. How can you explain these complex political and scientific concepts to the next generation in a way that doesn’t oversimplify the issues?

What does “green” mean?

In environmental parlance, “green” means ecologically friendly or positive. The word is used to describe practices like “renew, reuse, recycle.” Practice “green” living, explain why you do so, and encourage your children to ask questions and think critically about environmental issues. (You don’t want them to provide unthinking, reflexive answers.) Live what you preach. For instance, make crafts from items found in the recycle bin or the yard, find new uses for things you already have, and donate unwanted clothes and toys to be enjoyed by others. Show kids what solar energy roofing looks like on homes around the neighborhood, or play with solar powered toys and explain how they reuse energy from the sun.

Demonstrate what makes a home “green” and when and how energy is wasted.

Have a scavenger hunt. Let your kids find places where your home wastes energy or contributes to excessive and negative environmental issues. Kids may find lights left on in unused rooms or trash that should be in the recycle bin or composted. If your kids find air coming in around doors and windows or note a 20 year old refrigerator they are well ahead of the curve already. Discuss green sources of energy, such as solar roofing and skylights, which use the sun’s natural energy to warm, cool and power a home.

Talk about what makes the planet “green.”

Help your children think beyond the home and imagine how their choices impact the world. When they turn off the water while brushing their teeth or choose to drink from a glass cup instead of a disposable plastic bottle, how does that translate to a benefit for the community? Show them videos of wind farms or factories using solar power, and discuss what the world would look like if more people used these forms of energy. Conversely, show them the “dark side” – for instance, videos of terrible air pollution in Beijing – and talk about what’s happening and why, of course be careful with younger children, the goal here is not to foster a sense of impending doom in their lives at an early age, just to encourage best practices for environmental health.

Solar Power is a Major Step to Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

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