Energy module

Energy consumption is Victorian schools’ greatest impact on the environment.


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Reducing energy consumption is the simplest way to reduce a school’s environmental impact. Schools seeking to improve their energy efficiency are encouraged to take a whole of school approach to sustainability.

The Energy module helps your school reduce energy use and save on bills. Schools work on energy conservation, energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gases and improving air quality.

The Energy module involves three key areas:

  1. Workplace/operational

    Complete a school energy use audit and create an energy plan to manage energy use in the school grounds through retrofitting, new technology and maintenance.
  2. Learning and teaching

    Explore curriculum activities that engage students in learning how to be more sustainable users of energy.
  3. Whole school community engagement

    Engage the whole school in energy smart behaviour and liaise with your community, government, energy networks and/or other schools.

If signing up and committing to the ResourceSmart Schools program it is recommended to start and complete the Core module first then proceed with other modules in any order or the same time. If not signing up to the program, schools can utilise the Energy resources to become more sustainable.


Energy Champions Challenge

Join the Challenge by becoming a ResourceSmart School and tracking your energy usage via our online system: comparing 2017 and 2018 electricity usage.

Download the guide

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How to enter your bills

This guide will help you to get set up and ready to enter data for the ResourceSmart Schools Energy Champions challenge.

Module completion

The Energy module has 65 actions. To complete the module, schools need to complete a minimum of 26 actions.


ResourceSmart Schools Energy module resources

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ResourceSmart Energy module checklist

A list of all actions to help each school through the ResourceSmart Schools program Energy module

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ResourceSmart Energy module action toolkit

A practical guide to Energy including great tips and helpful insights into how schools can reduce energy consumption and take action on climate change.

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Curriculum links

The Curriculum links document helps Primary schools to build sustainability into their curriculum in all subject areas from foundation to grade six.

Additional Energy resources

Clean Energy Council

Clean Energy Council run student events for Clean Energy Week and Global Wind Day and provide resources for teachers and students.

Visit the Clean Energy Council website
Dr E's Energy Lab

EERE stands for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and is a site of the US Department of Energy.

Dr E's Energy Lab includes a large number of facts sheets and activities for students.

Check out Dr E's Lab

Energy saving tips for Victorian schools

There are some simple ways to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced at schools that can help to save money on energy bills.

Visit the Education website
Ollie's World

Ollie's World Contains many resources, games and links for energy sites related to primary level students.

Visit Ollie's World

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

ResourceSmart Schools Education Team

Sustainability Victoria

1300 363 744

schools@sustainability.vic.gov.au