Reduce Energy Use

Did you know that buildings consume approximately 39 percent of the energy and 74 percent of the electricity produced annually in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Schools spend about $8 billion a year on energy—more than on books and computers combined—but almost a third of that money is lost through wasted energy.  That’s expensive both for your school, and for the natural world which supplies our resources.  But you have the power to make your school run efficiently.  Using simple tools, you’ll be able to conduct an audit of your school’s energy and water use, and put your school on the path to savings.

Remember to track your impact in kWh saved this year or just on your day of action. Either work with your facilities staff to choose a baseline energy use and see how much lower you can go, or estimate your impact by adding up the amount that was likely saved through each of your actions.

Get started:

  • Look to the school’s facilities department or your local utility provider for support in conducting an energy walkthrough or a more comprehensive audit of your school.
  • Consider working with a free online energy tracking program such as Energy Star Portfolio Manager or an online audit resource like the Cool Schools Challenge.
  • Encourage teachers to incorporate energy education into their lesson planning using in-depth curriculum resources from Learning Lab

To get students involved, check out one or more of the following resources: