Energy Efficiency for Schools

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Energy StarEnergy Efficiency Lesson Plans & Activities
We're teaming up with the U.S. Department of Energy and ENERGY STAR® to provide energy efficiency education programs. Here you will find lessons plans and activities on energy efficiency and renewable energy for grades K-12. Each includes a short summary that identifies curriculum integration, time, materials, and national standards.

For grades K-4:

  • Comparing Light Bulbs - In this exercise, students will use a light to demonstrate the difference between being energy-efficient and energy-wasteful, and learn what energy efficiency means.
  • Draft-O-Meter - Students will learn an easy technique to measure the presence of drafts in their homes and classrooms.

For grades 5-8:

  • Comparing Light Bulbs - In this exercise, students will use a light to demonstrate the difference between being energy-efficient and energy-wasteful, and learn what energy efficiency means.
  • Energy Efficiency Ambassadors - Students will research and demonstrate energy efficiency in action and learn how it applies to different technologies.
  • Energy Efficiency in the Home - Through personal investigation, students will learn how they can become more energy savvy and discover ways to conserve energy in their homes.
  • Energy Savings Activities—Lighting - Students use the scientific method to examine school lighting technologies and determine if there are opportunities to save energy and money.
  • Draft-O-Meter - Students will learn an easy technique to measure the presence of drafts in their homes and classrooms.
  • Watt Does It Cost To Use It? Students learn how electrical usage is counted and priced. They measure and evaluate energy use and cost of representative household and school electrical items.

For grades 9-12:

  • Take the Energy Action Challenge - Students will use an energy audit tool to collect data on their home and school energy habits and present an action plan to their class.
  • Energy Efficiency Ambassadors - Students will research and demonstrate energy efficiency in action and learn how it applies to different technologies.
  • Energy Walkabout - Students will create and use an energy audit tool to collect data and present recommendations to their class.
  • Summer Camp 2050 - Students will formulate a plan to power a summer camp, considering electrical power, hot water, appliances, costs, and environmental and social impacts.
  • Watt Does It Cost To Use It? Students learn how electrical usage is counted and priced. They measure and evaluate energy use and cost of representative household and school electrical items.
  • Electric Math - How to read an electric meter, how much energy costs, math conversions and formulas containing to energy use, how we can save energy, and more.

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Energy Efficiency Activities

These lesson plans for students were developed by the ENERGY STAR program, a joint initiative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. They are made available here as a public service by Southern Company under permission granted by ENERGY STAR. Southern Company and its subsidiaries were not involved in the preparation of the documents. The publication of the lesson plans here is not intended to be an endorsement of their content by, or a representation that the documents reflect the opinion of, Southern Company and its subsidiaries.