Quick summary: In this activity students complete a whole school energy audit. Using their data, students calculate usage, kilowatts and greenhouse gas emissions. 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.
This lesson can be used when working on the Energy Module of ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic Certification. By completing this lesson you will have completed the following actions:
Energy Checklist Compulsory Actions:
- A1.1 – Have you completed an audit to assess energy usage around your school?
- A1.2 – Have you collected data on past energy usage for at least two years?
- A1.3 – Has this data been entered as your baseline data, and any anomalies explained?
Checklist data goals: No official data goals.
Australian Curriculum Links:
Cross curriculum priorities
Sustainability – OI.3 – Sustainable patterns of living rely on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological systems. OI.6 – The sustainability of ecological, social and economic systems is achieved through informed individual and community action that values local and global equity and fairness across generations into the future. O1.7 Actions for a more sustainable future reflect values of care, respect and responsibility, and require us to explore and understand environments. O1.9 Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of environments.
Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking
Explicit content description
Mathematics Year 5
Geography Year 5
Science Year 6
Geography Year 6
Syllabus Outcomes: GE3-4, ST3-6PW, MA3-10MG, MA3-11MG, MA3-12MG, MA3-9MG, MA3‑1WM MA3‑2WM, MA3‑3WM.
Connecting lessons: AuSSI Transport Audit.
Digital technology opportunities: Prezi presentation tool, digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Energy, audit, greenhouse gas emissions, school, appliances, C02e emissions.
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