Energy saving actions and activities. What you can do to help!
Turn lights off when not needed.
Unplug appliances that may draw energy even if they are turned off (e.g., TVs, computers, phone chargers, speakers).
Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs.
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.
Assign a "light monitor" (whose job it is to turn off lights when class leaves the room) as a classroom job.
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.
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.
Have students calculate their home/personal carbon footprint using a calculator like: www.epa.gov.
Research or visit other "energy saving" or "green school" websites and see what other ideas you can come up with!
Share your ideas. Email us, and we can ideas add to this list.