The Green Team: Reducing Energy Consumption

Original post from The Green Team newsletter – 

This week’s featured topic is Reducing Energy Consumption. Teaching students to conserve energy introduces them to the value of energy efficiency. Students can see how reducing their energy consumption can have a daily impact on their school and home energy use.

Here are some activities and lesson plans that THE GREEN TEAM has created or collected around Reducing Energy Consumption:

  • THE GREEN TEAM Light Bulb Energy Efficiency Lesson: Aligned with Massachusetts curriculum standards, this lesson plan, answer key, and pledge card encourages students to calculate the impact of switching to more energy efficient light bulbs as an action to prevent climate change.
  • Cambridge Energy Alliance Energy Efficiency Lesson Plans: This document compiles a number of activities and lesson plans on energy efficiency, organized by activity length and topic. Easily adaptable for home use, these lesson plans engage students with hands-on projects on subjects such as wind energy, energy conservation, and insulation. Though there is mention of CFLs being energy efficient, students should know that LEDs can be more efficient.
  • Energy Vampire Hunt from the Earth System Science Education Alliance: Students will learn how devices use energy at different stages of activity and identify what electronics are considered energy vampires.