School Energy Conservation Project
Our vision was to learn about our energy use at home and school, and in turn reduce our energy use by learning about and encouraging energy conservation behaviours at home and school.
Our class investigated energy consumption at school and home and explored ways to conserve energy and to encourage others to conserve energy. The main components of the project involved a school-wide energy audit and home energy audit. The audits provided the class with information about areas where energy conservation efforts should be focused to have the greatest impact. Students tried to encourage conservation in the school through school announcements, and visits to classrooms. The benefits of turning off lights when leaving the room and shutting down all electronic equipment when not in use and at the end of the day were shared. A second audit was then conducted and the results were compared. It was difficult to measure the impact of our work. The project expanded to include an Energy Conservation Fair, where students explored a conservation project of their choice. These projects were wide ranging and included local food maps and recipes, building solar ovens, building models of hydro turbines, school surveys and sharing the results of home and school energy audits.