There are many ways to cut energy usage in the family home, and surely taking the time to be more energy-efficient, not only helps our precious planet, it also helps cuts personal financial costs. Double bonus!
I am a Stay-At-Home-Mum, living in New York City. As I write this we are in the temperature range of the 20’s (farenheit); it is unbelievably cold. The frigid weather has come early this season, as we do not usually experience this kind of cold until January. With these extreme conditions comes a few concerns. Firstly we need the heat on constantly, the fact that we are in a loft apartment and up very high makes the temperatures even colder. Secondly, I cannot be outside with my 4-year-old like we usually do each afternoon, as it is very uncomfortable.
These 2 factors mean that I have to come up with indoor activities instead, to keep my little boy entertained.
There is not much that I can do about the heating, however I can cut energy in other ways to make amends for that. One way is minimizing use of electrical appliances.
These No-Cook Chocolate Coconut Balls, are really easy to make being a wonderful hands on project for Little Ones, they are also protein packed with the almond meal, vegan and relatively healthy. And, all you need is human energy to make them. Love that.
What You Need
- 1 cup of shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup of almond meal
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 4 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chips (I used Lily’s non-gmo variety)
- 1 teaspoon raw cacoa powder
- 1/4 cup of water
- dash of salt
- Measure out coconut oil and put in a bowl, you want it to melt so it is easier to mix in with the rest of the ingredients, I let ours sit by our heater for 30 minutes and that seemed to do the trick
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well
- Making sure hands are clean roll into balls
- Place on tray and pop in the fridge until hardened
And, what a wonderful idea for school lunches too.
Or, you can just fight over who is going to eat them with your little one…..
….like we did.
Visit the PG&E website HERE to learn about further ways you can reduce energy costs in the family home. Some examples are; changing air filters regularly, updating to energy efficient light bulbs, washing your clothes in cold water, opening curtains during the day, programing your thermostat and sealing leaky ducts.
By all of us being more conscious of the energy we use in our homes we can “Be The Change” accomplishing; less strain on the grid which reduces outages, putting less strain on natural resources like water, and reducing emissions which harm the environment.
Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.
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