Energy and how to save it is a topic of great interest to the community. We have activities and resources available to help your students learn how to reduce your school’s energy use. There are also examples of what other schools have done to inspire you!

Auditing energy

This section demonstrates the process for students to learn about, explore and audit energy patterns in the school environment, encouraging students to investigate, plan and take action.

1. Learn about the relationship between energy and climate change

Use an inquiry approach to look at energy as a theme within sustainability, and how energy relates to the wider issue of climate change.

  • What is energy?
  • Sources of energy.
  • Energy in South Australia.
  • How does energy relate to climate change?
  • What energy choices can be made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

2. Explore and learn about energy use at your school and local community

Use an inquiry approach to look into how your community uses energy.

  • Daily energy uses.
  • Where does your energy come from?
  • Does your community generate its own energy?

3. Use environmental assessment tools to document how energy is used at your school

An energy survey and audit will identify energy patterns and human impacts on the environment. Students can use the data to investigate issues, compare consumption patterns and plan for more sustainable living in the school and local community.

4. Plan next steps using the Site Environment Management Plan (SEMP)

  • Use the SEMP to document auditing results and plan priority actions and next steps
  • Read what others have done for energy inspired ideas and learning experiences.

5. Take action

Use your SEMP action plan to put energy efficient initiatives into practice. Develop partnerships to get the whole site community on board.

6. Reflect, celebrate and review

Acknowledge your milestones in achieving targets that demonstrate more sustainable energy patterns.

  • Get together and think about the actions you have taken to conserve energy
  • Monitor and compare energy patterns
  • Document actions and goals achieved in your SEMP
  • Communicate and celebrate your achievements
  • Think about how these actions can be established for long term environmental benefits
  • What are your next steps?

What others have done

Thebarton Senior College - VET IT certificate audio


  • Sustainable Focus – Energy saving techniques video and notes
  • Energy saving expert panel discussion video
  • SA Government – Energy saving and auditing tools discussion video and notes
  • SA Government – information on how to save energy and current laws regarding energy ratings of appliances, grants and rebates
  • Living Greener – information, how-to’s and rebates for sustainable living
  • Future Sparks – produced in partnership with CSIRO and the Clean Energy Council, this website empowers students to think critically about our impact on the environment. A useful tool for teachers with links to the Australian Curriculum plus NAPLAN rehearsal

Related links

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