Energy Reduction Projects in Schools
Energy Reduction Projects in Schoolsds
School Goal: Reduce energy consumption (and cost of energy) at school
Learning Outcome: Children learn about benefits of energy efficiency.
One project would be to reduce the energy consumption of the school itself. In schools that utilize high-wattage light bulbs anywhere on campus, students and parents can help reduce energy use by donating one LED bulb per student to replace conventional light bulbs. Cost would be low for each family and many parents would be delighted to participate in such a project. The children could participate as workers install their parent’s bulb. The activity can culminate in a little ceremony when their light is turned on.
Another project, which could be exciting for older students, involves learning how small solar panels can reduce electricity use. There are a number of affordable, small, portable solar charging units, mini solar panels and solar powered lights available on the market that students can use to learn about the technology. Students may also enjoy conducting school-sanctioned fund drives to raise money for transitioning the school to solar power, one panel at a time. Solar companies may even be willing to discount panels for a school or donate the installation.
The projects could be presented as contest with goals that are rewarded with commendations when reached such as the last light bulb is replaced in an elementary school classroom or when a fund drive produces enough money for a solar array on top of the school.
Whichever energy efficiency project suits the school, children can actually see tangible results and learn about the benefits of reducing their own carbon footprint. The kids can stay involved from beginning to end, learning how their efforts save money and energy and help create a healthy environment. Occasionally, the principal could announce the energy savings from the project and students can then celebrate the energy savings they helped to create.
The use of color charts can convey meaning of each accomplishment to even the youngest students, and graphs and charts illustrating immediate cost savings will engage the older students.