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WHPS Culture of Conservation

What you can do to help! Energy Saving Actions and Activities

Actions

  • 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.

Activities

  • 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.