- Turn lights off when not needed.
- Turn computers off when not in use.
- Reduce phantom loads – unplug appliances that may draw energy even if they are turned off (e.g., TVs, DVDs, phone chargers, speakers).
- Replace incandescent light bulbs (task lights especially) with compact fluorescent spirals or LEDs.
- Eliminate or turn off light fixtures near windows.
- Change light bulbs or reduce the number of tubes/lamps in each light fixture.
- Adjust time clocks so that exterior lights are off during daylight.
- Ensure that windows and doors are closed when the heat or air conditioning is on.
- Ensure that heating vents or ventilators under windows, are not blocked.
- Ensure that lights are off when a room is not occupied.
- Request a copy of your utility bill and graph them or calculate your annual energy use and cost.
- Perform a mini energy audit.
- Walk around your building to identify unnecessary energy use and leave reminder notes to turn them off.
- Count the number of energy-using appliances in use and eliminate those that are not needed.
- Buy or borrow an energy monitoring meter to take readings and compare energy consumption of equipment (lamps, computer, electric pencil sharpener, radio, mini-fridges, etc.).
- Encourage school or community competition to make the best energy saving poster/sign, video, animation, skit or PowerPoint.
- Have your students brainstorm a project to save energy by calculating the project cost, energy savings, and payback.
- Start each day with: “Today, I will save energy by….”
- Buy or borrow a light meter to check light level readings (foot-candles) to identify potential over lit areas.
- Encourage students to prepare reports on energy-related terms, such as: phantom or vampire load, foot-candle, lumen, light emitting diode, photovoltaic, kilowatt-hour, renewable energy credit, micro grid, energy use index, etc.
- Have students calculate their home/personal carbon footprint using a calculator like:http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/ind-calculator.html
- Research or visit other “energy saving” or “green school” websites and see what other ideas you can come up with!
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