We have launched our new Energy Sparks Blog to share some inspiring examples of energy saving best practice taking place at primary schools. We will also be regularly suggesting energy saving activities and interventions to try with pupils , and publishing our Energy Sparks project newsletter content so that you can refer back to past newsletters.
Energy Sparks is a free to use service currently available for primary schools in Bath & North East Somerset. It has developed out of an ongoing project co-ordinated by Transition Bath which aims to help schools become more energy efficient.
The key goal of Energy Sparks is to support and encourage schools to make long term changes to their energy consumption.
Most primary schools already have smart meters installed which regularly collect details of their gas and electricity usage. This data is already aggregated into existing platforms that support metering and billing, but currently little use is made of the data to help reduce energy consumption.
Energy Sparks supports schools by:
- Presenting simple charts and summaries of energy usage data, suitable for use by teachers, parents and pupils
- Providing a means to record activities taken to reduce consumption, building up a record that can demonstrate progress towards Eco-School status
- Turning behavioural change into a game, to engage pupils in scoring points, competing against other school and unlocking awards for their school.
The Energy Sparks website provides guidance and suggestions of potential activities schools can run, and online resources and sign-posting to lesson plans, eco-team projects and other resources which will help schools take part.
For example pupils can:
- Use the energy usage charts displayed on the website in maths lessons to support interpretation of real data.
- Learn about electric and gas appliances and how much energy they use.
- Learn about different ways energy is generated and their impact on the environment.
- Understand changes in their school’s gas and electricity use over the year.
- Compare energy use in term time and the school holidays and weekends.
- Design and carry out experiments to monitor energy related behaviour patterns at school.
- Investigate ways the school might save energy.
- Design and implement an energy saving campaign.
- Design posters or create a video to spread the energy-saving message.
- Review energy related school policies with the school management team.
If you are interested in running Energy Sparks outside of Bath & North East Somerset then please get in touch. We’re keen to help other local groups setup and run the service for the benefit of their local schools.