Energy at school

  • Walk, ride or catch public transport to get to school
  • Turn off lights, heating and cooling at recess and lunch when you are not using them.
  • Use energy efficient light sources such as fluorescent lights.
  • Keep heaters and air conditioners set at the right temperature to avoid over heating or cooling. Between 18-21°C is right in winter and 25°C in summer.



  • Make sure that photocopiers, computers and printers are switched off at night and on weekends.
  • Minimise the amount of hot water you use by fixing any leaking hot water taps, and installing aerators.
  • Kettles and instant water boilers are more efficient than large urns.
  • Heat just enough water for tea and coffee - it's easy to heat more than you need unnecessarily.


Waste at school

  • Drink tap water - large amounts of energy goes into extracting or making, packaging and transporting bottled water and soft drinks. Buy a reusable water bottle or flask, and get a home water filter if you're worried about water quality.
  • Encourage recycling in the classroom and in the playground to reduce rubbish
  • Use a reusable lunchbox or container for your food to reduce the need for plastic wrappings


  • Hold a school rummage sale and swap and sell used items like clothes, toys and books.
  • Ask your teacher to print double sided.
  • Start up a worm farm or a compost heap. These are great ways to get even the youngest children involved in the environment, while minimising waste at the same time.
  • Reuse old crayons and pencils instead of buying new every year.

Water at school

  • Don’t leave the tap running when washing your hands. Install timed taps in bathrooms.
  • Always turn taps off tightly when you finish using them.
  • Install water tanks for use in gardens.
  • Wash paint brushes in a bucket or ice cream container.
  • Nominate water monitors to check for leaking and running taps.




  • Mulch gardens to retain moisture in the soil and reduce evaporation.
  • Water plants at their base, where they need it most.


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