Energy Pathway - Energy Audit

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Learning Objectives

  • To investigate energy use within the school and identify inefficiencies. 
  • To record and analyze energy data.
  • To implement student based solutions to improve energy efficiency.

Curriculum Links

Mathematics, Science, Citizenship


Eco-Schools USA Pathways

It's important to note that when you address one pathway that it is connected to another pathway.  As you work on the Energy pathway we recommend you look to make links to the following pathways:

>> Climate Change
>> Consumption and Waste


Energy Audit

The energy audit will help you complete an assessment of energy use at your school.  You will use the data you collect to create your Energy Action Plan.


Follow these three steps to complete your energy audit:

  1. Work with students to complete the energy audit form. Try to audit as many classrooms as possible.
  2. Input data from the audit form into the carbon calculator to determine each classroom's carbon footprint based on energy use. (You will input data into four tabs: classroom lighting, energy vampires, other appliances, and heating)
  3. Transfer data for each classroom from the carbon calculator to the school tally sheet to calculate your school's overall carbon footprint.

>> Energy Audit Form

>> Carbon Calculator

>> School Tally Sheet

(Note: Make sure that you hold on to your completed audit form and Excel spreadsheets. When you get to the monitor and evaluate step you will want to complete the auditing process again using these forms.)

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