A new school year tends to bring a lot of excitement and energy as teachers and students prepare for the year ahead. Make this the most exciting and energy-efficient year yet by taking these five tips to the classroom.
1. Take advantage of natural sunlight
Natural sunlight will create a more relaxed learning environment compared to the harsh overhead lights that are normally in classrooms. Studies have also shown that natural light keeps people more focused and alert and improves their mood. Plus, keeping the lights off will keep the room cooler during the September heat.
2. Invest in energy-saving power strips
Keep classroom computers and other devices plugged in to power strips to help mitigate their stand-by power usage. Not only will this help save power on a day-to-day basis, it will also make it easier to unplug all the devices during long holiday breaks.
3. Encourage Students to Recycle
Most students know what is and isn’t recyclable, but don’t always act on that knowledge. Encourage kids to do their part by creating a point system for recyclers, or assign extra credit projects focused on recycling and environmental impact.
4. Have Class in the Grass
Escape the confines of the classroom by taking the class outside. Older school buildings are sometimes warmer inside on hot days than the temperature is outside. Keep kids from wilting in the warmth by creating an engaging outdoor classroom using dry erase boards or clipboards.
5. Assign Classroom Jobs
Help make energy-efficiency a habit by assigning jobs to your students. Some examples include an electrician, who is in charge of turning lights on and off, or IT, who can help with classroom computers and other electronics. By giving students extra responsibilities in the classroom, they can take energy savings into their own hands and carry those lessons over at home.