Leading by Example

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When you are in a classroom all day, it can be pretty easy to switch yourself to ‘lead by example’ mode. It becomes second nature. Only in moments of weakness might you have a little slip up, but professionalism usually ensures that you are always being a rolemodel to your students, by the way you conduct yourself and not only that, but the values that you exhibit too.

One of those values is being environmentally concious and friendly. This is something I have become even more aware of, since moving to a rural town. But there is really no escape from the reality of our ecological footprint – no matter where we live.

Now that we have our little man, I often have these visions of what I want to instil in him – I want to instil in him a love of his own herbs and vegetables and good, wholesome cooking. I want him to be kind to nature and animals. I don’t want him to be one of those people that throw rubbish in our beautiful, native bushland. I want him to be the one that tells someone off for doing it. I also want him to realise the impact energy consumption has on the environment.


When we built our house, budget constraints got in the way of us making it entirely energy-efficient. We did however opt for solar panels and solar hot water and so far they have made a difference. The little guy is too young now, but one day, I’ll be able to explain to him the amazing ability of solar power and how it is one of the most natural ways to produce energy in the world. If only we could make it a little more widespread!

I’ve been investigating the AGL Solar Energy website and am loving the easy explanations around how solar power works. It’s mostly in kid-proof language, give or take a few technical terms. I’d recommend using it as a way to explaining solar power to little ones…along with a few of these ideas!

1. Go searching for solar: Have them find as many solar objects as they can! From calculators, solar powered toy cars, solar lights, garden ornaments and much more! There’s more around than what you think, and most of us have them in our home. Using the AGL site, discuss how all these objects work and how it is all so much better for the environment.

2. Spot the panels: Go for a walk and see how many homes you can spot with solar panels. Some houses in our town are absolutely covered in them! Discuss why it is better for the environment than traditional electricity and use the AGL diagram to explain how it all works!

3. Switch it!: Have a look around your home with your children. Is there anything you could swap to solar instead? All changes, big or small, make a difference. If you plan on making a big change, involve your children in that change. They will remember it and it will encourage them to do the same one day.

4. Catch the Sun’s Energy: Try some fun experiments when the sun is shining to try and retain heat. If the weather is warm enough, damper can be cooked, wrapped in foil underground!

There is no doubt about it. Human impact on the environment will forever be on the rise, and the only way we can counteract that, is to be rolemodels for the next generation. While we can’t diminish our impact, we can certainly minimise it in many ways.

What is solar in your home? Have you ever thought of upgrading? You can check out all the information as well as a free pricing estimator from AGL here.

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