Pupils - you can have a huge impact on the amount of energy that your school uses and the carbon it produces just by influencing the behaviour of other pupils and the adults in the school!
There are many ways to do this. As well as creating an Energy Team of dedicated individuals who have responsibility for your overall Energy Plan, you can involve more pupils by appointing Energy Monitors for each class. They can carry out a selection of monitoring activities on a regular basis such as:
Pupils of all ages can become ‘detectives’ to see if lights, whiteboards and appliances have been left on unnecessarily, and reminding their friends and teachers to switch them off. When the school’s heating is switched on, pupils can be made responsible for checking that doors and windows are not left open. Depending on your school’s heating system, they may also be able to monitor classroom temperatures and ensure that thermostatic controls are used to ensure optimum temperatures for learning.
Consider running these monitoring activities daily when you first start, and then move to weekly monitoring to ensure any improvements are maintained:
All these monitoring activities fit in with other Energy Sparks activities, so you can earn double points by appointing school energy monitors.