- To interpret data from the energy audit
- To evaluate needs arising from the audit data
- To provide realistic solutions to these needs
- To cooperate effectively as a group
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Before completing your action plan, you should carry out an energy audit.
Creating the Action Plan
1. Energy audit review
- Using the data from your audit, identify the places where energy is not being used efficiently.
2. Group brainstorming
- In small groups, brainstorm solutions to these energy issues. Groups can be assigned specific issues to address. Alternatively, all groups can be assigned the same prominent issues to achieve a greater variety of interesting solutions.
- As a team, discuss and agree on the most effective solutions.
- Compile these solutions into a final action plan. See a sample energy action plan (PDF), and access a blank action plan (Word document).
- Assign tasks to appropriate individuals within the team and across the school. Agree on realistic time frames in which tasks should be completed.
3. Execution of tasks
- Set aside time for students to carry out the activities they have assigned themselves and to notify other staff and students of the responsibilities assigned to them.
- Provide training to staff and students on implementing the energy conservation campaign.
- Set-up the school for success. For example, place stickers or signs near light switches and electronics to remind students and teachers to switch them off when not needed.
Set a review date to revisit your action plan as a group. Analyze how far you have come and identify what else you can do.
- Schedule a follow-up energy audit after a few months to measure the effectiveness of your scheme.
- Add a section on energy conservation to your school's website.
- In regular assemblies, share results, achievements and development plans for the future.
- Prepare a school notice board showing graphs of results and achievements.
- Involve the local press and radio to let everyone know about the school's energy conservation scheme.
- Team up with another school in the area to share ideas.
- Have students develop a database with the help of spreadsheet software to record information, draw graphs and analyze the data