A quarter of British parents now say that their kids know more about energy efficiency measures than they do, a new survey has revealed.
This increased awareness means that carrying out green jobs around the home has become a regular part of the whole family’s day-to-day housework routine.
The survey, by Pilkington energiKare, found that turning off lights and recycling waste top the list of jobs, with 60% of households regularly performing these tasks. An average home now recycles five glass bottles, five tin cans, up to 15 plastic containers as well as more than 30 pieces of paper or cardboard each week.
34% of households do not leave appliance on standby while 33% focus on reducing their water consumption, for example by boiling a kettle with only as much water as needed. Only three per cent admitted not doing anything. Unlike with other chores, the jobs seem evenly divided between the sexes, with 69 per cent of women and 71 per cent of men taking responsibility for them.
The results highlight how much making green changes have become the norm in the UK. Architect and TV presenter George Clarke said: "I think it’s heartening to see how seriously UK families, in particular children and young people, are taking energy efficiency. I spend time talking to my two boys about ways to help save the planet and I'm pleased that many other households are doing the same. This survey highlights how much of a difference even relatively small changes can make."