High Energy-200

Can we save our school money while saving the planet?

Energy is expensive. Plus, using too much energy is bad for the planet. In this project, students will conduct an energy audit of their school to help the planet—and their school’s pocketbook. Then, they will design, test, refine, and share solutions to reduce energy consumption. Finally, students will pitch the costs and benefits of their solutions to stakeholders.

Imagine if thousands of kids just like yours, all around the country, started making smart choices about energy consumption and shared that knowledge with others. What an impact this would have on sustainability!

Project Plan and Resources

Learning Targets


Lesson 1: Students understand the importance of saving energy.

Lesson 2: Students reflect on the energy usage of common household appliances.

Lesson 3: Students understand the different ways in which energy is used in their homes.

Lesson 4: Students understand the importance of saving energy.

Lesson 5: Students understand the value of responsible decision-making as they independently conduct an energy audit.

Lesson 6: Students analyze audit data and strategize ways to reduce energy use in their school.

Lesson 7: Students think iteratively to refine their presentations.

Lesson 8: Students present information to stakeholders.

For lesson descriptions, download the project overview.

For K–8 content connections, download the content correlations.

Online Resources

Interactive Games and Activities

  • Home Light Saver Data Sheet
  • School Energy Audit
  • Virtual Energy Usage Calculator
  • Virtual Light Saver Data Sheet 
  • What Uses Watt Card Game*
  • Which Bulb is Better? Experiment Plan

Websites and Videos

  • NASA Climate Kids: Light Bulb
  • Video: Architects Promoting Energy Efficiency*
  • Video: Brainpop — Ethics
  • Video: Energy Conservation for Kids – Appliances
  • Video: Energy Usage Calculator Tutorial
  • Video: Energy, Lets’ Save It!
  • Video: Heinz Dilemma
  • Video: Sample Student Presentation
  • Video: The Magic School Bus Gets Charged

Additional Resources

  • Blue Apple Press Release Tips
  • Creating a Persuasive Presentation*
  • Fair Testing: No Fair!
  • Home Letter
  • Press Release
  • Recommended Book List
  • Reflection Journal
  • Sample Light Saver Campaign Posters
  • Student Self-Assessment Rubric
  • Teacher Assessment Rubric
  • Virtual Home Energy Usage Chart
  • Virtual Student Edition

All lessons include:

About the Author

Paul Yenne

5th Grade Teacher
Steele Elementary School
Colorado Springs, CO

Each Blue Apple Project Includes:

Paul Yenne

5th Grade Teacher
Steele Elementary School
Colorado Springs, CO

Hi! My name is Paul Yenne, a baby teacher who is excited to have the opportunity to work on the High Energy project. I started my career as a Special Education paraprofessional and loved the five years I spent in that position. In fact, I enjoyed being in education so much that I finished my degree and entered the classroom, where I channel my passion for creating an engaging and relationship-driven environment for kids to discover a sense of independence and self-directed learning. Currently, I teach 5th grade at Steele Elementary school in Colorado Springs School District 11.