Save the Sparks: School Energy Audit

Save the Sparks: School Energy Audit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Technology
  • Design and Technologies
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability
  • Economic
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • ...

Lesson summary

How energy efficient is your school? Students will conduct a whole school energy audit and using their data, calculate usage, kilowatts and greenhouse gas emissions. They will consider solutions and make recommendations on how energy use could be reduced at their school.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • conduct an energy audit of their school to identify wasted energy, consider remedies, and propose a solution.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • recognise the relationship between energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
  • identify where energy consumption can be reduced at their school and home.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Teacher Content Information
School Energy Audit Worksheet

Lesson details


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • collaboration
  • communication
  • curiosity
  • initiative
  • problem solving
  • reflection
  • social skills

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description:

Year 5 & 6, Design and Technology

  • negotiate design criteria including sustainability to evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions (AC9TDE6P04)
  • explain how characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment affect their use when producing designed solutions (AC9TDE6K05)

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Numeracy

Syllabus outcomes:

  • ST3-1WS-S plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions
  • ST3-2DP-T plans and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 achievement standards: Students explain how people design products, services and environments to meet the needs of communities, including sustainability. Students select and justify design ideas and solutions against design criteria that include sustainability.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UNSDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

  • Target 7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency

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Additional Info

We have joined forces with Smart Ease to craft these educational materials.

Leveraging their expertise and knowledge, we've designed curriculum-aligned learning resources to empower your school in understanding energy usage. These resources aim to assist schools in adopting sustainable solutions for reducing their environmental impact.

Smart Ease has supported thousands of organisations, businesses, and schools in decarbonising and digitizing their operations through innovative funding solutions.

This partnership with is an initiative under Smart Ease's 1% for the Planet program, showcasing their dedication to educating the upcoming generation about sustainable practices.

Level of teacher scaffolding: medium - scaffold and direct student investigation

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