By now, you should be aware of the significant advantages of installing solar panels on your property. You should also be aware of how switching to solar panels is one of the best things you can do for the planet in our efforts to combat climate change.
But did you know that installing solar panels on your property actually gives your kids a great introduction to several lessons? Read on to see which valuable life lessons you can teach your kids using solar panels.
1. The Science Lesson
We’ll start with the obvious: science. While science can sometimes be a tricky topic for kids to get their heads around, the fact that you’ll be teaching this in a functional manner in a real-world setting already has you at an advantage.
Using your newly installed solar panels, you can teach your children exactly how we can harness the energy from the sun, store it, and then use it instead of using the National Grid. You can explain how the energy from the sun is renewable and causes no adverse effect on the planet and compare that to fossil fuels. They’ll be getting straight A’s in no time!
2. The Social Lesson
Then, you can move on to why switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy is important from a societal perspective. You can teach them how we have a collective responsibility to keep the planet safe for us all to live on and how that can only be achieved if we all start taking greener measures.
That can also lead to conversations about what else both adults and children can do to help. That can be anything from recycling to shopping second-hand to eating less meat. Instilling this responsibility into your children at a young age is a great way to ensure these values will continue into adulthood.
3. The Math Lesson
Finally, you can discuss the financial and economic value of solar power. After all, renewable energy is now the cheapest source of energy in the world. This serves as a great segue into chats about shopping around to get the best deal. About learning to budget. And about how the money you save as a family by switching to a sustainable source of power means you can do more things as a family.
This lesson is particularly useful if your children are a little older – perhaps teenagers who have just started earning some pocket money. The value of money is a great lesson to learn.
Every Day is a Learning Day With Renewable Energy!
When you decided to get solar panels, we bet you didn’t consider the educational benefits your children could get from them. But as the saying goes – every day is a learning day. Finding ways to teach your children in a practical and functional real-world manner will allow them to see the value in their school lessons, too. It’s a win-win situation.