Step 1: Speak with the school leadership team to find out:
- What they wish to achieve
- What restrictions or policies could affect an energy reduction plan
- If there is a budget for implementing energy reduction
- Whether any equipment/appliances will be replaced in the next 12 months.
Step 2: Review the audit.
Step 3: Brainstorm:
- What changes in behavior or practices will reduce the use of energy?
- What new equipment/appliances would reduce the use of energy?
Step 4: For each change of behaviour:
- Who needs to change their behavior?
- What do they need to do?
- What do they need to know?
- How can they be informed, encouraged and motivated?
- What is the best communication tool or combination of communication tools?
- Who will be responsible for producing the communication products and getting them to the audience?
For each item of equipment/appliance:
- What is the cost of replacement?
- Does it cost more for an energy efficient appliance?
- How much energy is saved?
- How much money is saved each year?
Step 5: Sort and decide:
- Highlight all the ideas that achieve what the school or business wants.
- Highlight the equipment and appliances that could be purchased in the next 12 months.
- Highlight any additional areas that you believe should be done in the next 12 months (and does not require money).
- Highlight any additional areas where you think money should be found to purchase energy saving equipment or appliances.
- Describe your collective vision for an energy efficient school or business and describe the benefits to the people as well as the environmental and economic benefits.
- Suggest the best way to get everyone in the school community or the workplace to participate.
- How will the management of the school and leadership team or the management of a business prioritise energy reduction?
- Design a method to monitor an energy saving program and provide feedback to all the participants.
- Complete any research required to make your report.
- Decide how the report will be presented and if you will also create other communication pieces to go with the report.
- Develop a format for the report that includes a summary of the audit, all the recommendations and all the material developed in Step 6.
- Complete the report and communication piece.
Step 8: In consultation with the teacher, as a group decide what the group wants to do after presenting the report eg:
- Produce some of the communication pieces
- Run a energy reduction campaign
- Monitor and provide feedback
- Have an attachment to the report about what your class can do after the report is presented
- Organise a time to provide a presentation
- Have a rehearsal
When giving the report:
- Don’t forget your vision
- Have someone who will record any feedback
- Ask when the class might get a reply
- Suggest that the class is available to help further.
- Make sure you get your feedback.
- Make sure your class completes everything they promised.
- Find out how successful your work has been and celebrate your success.
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