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:
Workplace/operationalComplete a school energy use audit and create an energy plan to manage energy use in the school grounds through retrofitting, new technology and maintenance.
Learning and teachingExplore curriculum activities that engage students in learning how to be more sustainable users of energy.
Whole school community engagementEngage 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.
Join the Challenge by becoming a ResourceSmart School and tracking your energy usage via our online system: comparing 2017 and 2018 electricity usage.
The Energy module has 65 actions. To complete the module, schools need to complete a minimum of 26 actions.
Clean Energy Council run student events for Clean Energy Week and Global Wind Day and provide resources for teachers and students.
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.
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.