Backyard family shenanigans
Have you ever really thought about what our energy consumption is doing to our planet? I mean we sort of know about it, but do we ever really take notice of how and when we use energy in our day to day lives?
The fact is, we live in a modern world and we need electricity. We need to turn lights on, we need to power our phones and laptops, we need to wash our clothes and really, most activities we partake in daily do require some form of energy consumption.
To be quite frank with you, I seem to sit somewhere in between. If we built a new home I would absolutely use solar power but would we spend the money on changing to solar power in an old home? Not yet anyway.
For now, what I can do is become conscious of the way I am using energy in the present.
As is stands today, our peak time for using power is between 4pm and 8pm. Our energy usage hit an all time high in January 2012 and Western Power is working tirelessly to make sure we never get to the point where we are breaking that record.
Heading outdoors with your family is the number one way to Beat the Peak. We love to head outside after school and play classic games like Hide and Seek, What’s the Time Mr Wolf and our baby Van’s favourite, good old ‘pop the bubbles’.
Beat the Peak is asking all Power Mums to become conscious of their energy use during the peak period of 4pm till 8pm. Put a load of washing on first thing in the morning. Just switching it to a cold wash will save energy too and a cold wash is also the best way to get paint out of school uniforms. Win-win!
Make sure your pool pump is active at night and you are using your dishwasher after dinner, but my hottest tip of all is to get outdoors! There’s absolutely no better way to spend time with the family than being active together outdoors (or running around like crazy people the Embley way). And if it’s raining, a good old game of Uno will do the trick.
Now don’t forget about the fantastic giveaways! Forrest Chase has another $250 voucher to win and Adventure World is giving away a family pass this week.
Head to Western Power and upload a photo of how you like to Beat the Peak with your family. Make sure to tag #powermum if you upload to Instagram as I would love to see all of your entries.