Energy and how to save it is a topic of great interest to the community. We have links to the Australian Curriculum, ideas for investigating energy and resources to help your students learn about energy use, energy efficiency and green energy.

Auditing energy

This section demonstrates the process for students to learn about, explore and audit energy patterns in the school environment, encouraging students to investigate, plan and take action.

1. Learn about the relationship between energy and climate change

Use an inquiry approach to look at energy as a theme within sustainability, and how energy relates to the wider issue of climate change.

  • What is energy?
  • Sources of energy.
  • Energy in South Australia.
  • How does energy relate to climate change?
  • What energy choices can be made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

2. Explore and learn about energy use at your school and local community

Use an inquiry approach to look into how your community uses energy.

  • Daily energy uses.
  • Where does your energy come from?
  • Does your community generate its own energy?

3. Use environmental assessment tools to document how energy is used at your school

An energy survey and audit will identify energy patterns and human impacts on the environment. Students can use the data to investigate issues, compare consumption patterns and plan for more sustainable living in the school and local community.

4. Plan next steps using the Site Environment Management Plan (SEMP)

  • Use the SEMP to document auditing results and plan priority actions and next steps
  • Read what others have done for energy inspired ideas and learning experiences.

5. Take action

Use your SEMP action plan to put energy efficient initiatives into practice. Develop partnerships to get the whole site community on board.

6. Reflect, celebrate and review

Acknowledge your milestones in achieving targets that demonstrate more sustainable energy patterns.

  • Get together and think about the actions you have taken to conserve energy
  • Monitor and compare energy patterns
  • Document actions and goals achieved in your SEMP
  • Communicate and celebrate your achievements
  • Think about how these actions can be established for long term environmental benefits
  • What are your next steps?


  • Energy saving expert panel discussion video
  • Future Sparks – produced in partnership with CSIRO and the Clean Energy Council, this website empowers students to think critically about our impact on the environment. A useful tool for teachers with links to the Australian Curriculum plus NAPLAN rehearsal    
  • Energy and climate change fact sheet

Units of work

  • Cool Australia – discover classroom ready units of work and learning activities that are year level specific, from Early Learning to Year 12. All are linked to Australian Curriculum standards and the Early Years Learning Framework outcomes. There is also an online digital library to support learning and teaching, with videos, images, infographics, research and news articles.



  • Future Sparks – produced in partnership with CSIRO and the Clean Energy Council, this website empowers students to think critically about our impact on the environment. Here you can find lesson plans, fact sheets, PDFs for interactive whiteboards, experiments, podcasts and video links.
  • ABC Splash (energy resources) – high-quality digital educational content from across the ABC and around the world. The site has thousands of videos, audio clips, games and interactive tools. All resources are free. There are special areas for teachers with thousands of new learning resources directly linked to the Australian Curriculum.
  • Carbon Footprint Game (NRM Education SAMDB) – this resource provides information and activities for students to learn about their carbon footprint. Students work out how many tonnes of carbon they would produce based on lifestyle choices, then discuss what changes they might make
  • Sustainable Energy Sources (Global Education) –activities to investigate the energy sources that people use to meet their daily needs, with a particular focus on ways of generating electricity. Students develop key understandings about the environmental impact of different energy sources (non-renewable or renewable) and opportunities for decisions and actions that can make a difference for a sustainable future.


Case studies

  • Thebarton Senior College - VET IT certificate audio


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