Energy Saving Actions & Activities
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- Turn lights off when not needed.
- Turn computers off when not in use.
Reduce phantom loads - unplug appliances that may draw energy even if they are turned off (e.g., TVs, DVDs, phone chargers, speakers).
Take home uneccessary or personal appliances.
Replace incandescent light bulbs (task lights especially) with compact fluorescent spirals or LEDs.
Eliminate or turn off light fixtures near windows.
Relamp or reduce the number of tubes/lamps in each light fixture.
Adjust timeclocks so that no exterior lights are on during the day.
Close windows and doors when heat is on, especially at recess and drop off/pick up.
Make sure heating vents, especially unit ventilators under the windows, are not blocked by books and furniture.
If you have a "too hot" or "too cold" problem report it to Plant & Facilities. These problems are often the result of a system problem that needs to be corrected.
- Assign a "light monitor" (whose job it is to turn off lights when class leaves the room) as a classroom job.
- Request copies of your school's utilty bills and graph them or calculate your school's annual energy use and cost.
- Conduct a mini energy audit.
- Walk around your building/classroom to identify things left on; leave reminder notes to turn them off.
- Count the number of energy-using appliances in your classroom; see if any can be eliminated.
- Borrow a watt meter from Plant & Facilities (or your school may already have one); take energy use readings and compare for various pieces of equipment (lamps, computer, electric pencil sharpener, radio, mini-fridges, etc.).
- Have a school competition to make the best energy saving poster/sign, video, animation, skit or powerpoint.
- Have your students brainstorm a project to save energy in your building; Have them develop it by calculating the project cost, energy savings, and payback. Send us the project, and Plant & Faciltities will review it.
- Have students start the day by completing the sentence: "Today, I will save energy by...."
- Read a book or poem about saving energy to your class.
- Borrow a light meter from Plant & Facilities and take light level readings (footcandles) in various places in the school to identify potential overlit areas.
- Pick a strange energy-related term (e.g., phantom or vampire load, footcandle, lumen, light emitting diode, photovoltaic, kilowatt-hour, renewable energy credit, microgrid, energy use index, etc.) and make report or presentation about it.
- Have students calculate their home/personal carbon footprint using a calculator like: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/ind-calculator.html
- Research or visit other "energy saving" or "green school" websites and see what other ideas you can come up with! There is SOOOO much out there!
- Share your ideas. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can add to this list.