Quick summary: In this lesson students complete a whole school lighting audit with the aim of delamping classrooms. Students use a lux meter to identify over-lit areas of the school and also manually count the types of lights used. Using their real world data, students make key recommendations on how energy use could be reduced at their school. They then link their findings to home-based projects that reduce energy usage such as the Switch to Save program.
Activity created in partnership with
This lesson has been designed to support Bendigo Bank’s Switch to Save program. This program helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by switching halogen downlights for LED downlights for free. For every halogen globe switched Bendigo Bank donates $1 back to Victorian schools’ environmental projects.
- Students recognise the relationship between energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Students recognise where energy consumption can be reduced at their school and home.
- Students understand that replacing halogen downlights with LED downlights will have both environmental and economic benefits.
General capabilities: Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability O1.6.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Science Year 7
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116).
Science Year 8
- Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135).
Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-11PW, SC4-12ES.
Topic: Switch to Save, Energy
Time required: 120 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – oversee students conducting audit.
Resources required: Lux meters (one per group), Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Take It Home – Lighting Audit.
You can also access the Switch to Save School Registration form.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework and extension.
Keywords: Energy, audit, greenhouse gas emissions, school, appliances, C02e emissions, Switch to Save.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.