Did you know that Americans have purchased more than 2.5 billion ENERGY STAR qualified products? As a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy (DOE), ENERGY STAR helps us save money, while protecting the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Believe it or not, Americans saved nearly $18 billion on utility bills in 2010 by using energy-efficient products.
So now’s the time to start incorporating ENERGY STAR practices into your classroom, because the least efficient schools use three time more energy than the best energy performers. To teach kids how energy-efficiency can help save our planet, the DOE offers excellent lesson plans for the classroom. Beyond these lessons, there are a number of things that schools can do to make a difference. ENERGY STAR provides K-12 schools with the following suggestions:
- Teach kids about how becoming energy-efficient can help save our world
- Prepare an Energy Strategy for the Future
- Establish a comprehensive energy management program using ENERGY STAR’s Guidelines for Energy Management and read the Energy Design Guidance for New Buildings
- Join ENERGY STAR
- Evaluate your school’s energy performance with Portfolio Manager
- Learn about financing your energy projects
- Visit EPA’s Indoor Air Quality for Schools Web site and download Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality in Schools
- Receive training through Online Training Sessions
- Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products to save energy throughout your building
For more information about saving energy through collective behavior change, and to find fun lessons and activities, be sure to visit GEF’s Green Energy Challenge section.