Please note, this is no longer a compulsory topic on Eco-Schools.

Just through simple changes in behaviour, schools have found that a 10% reduction in energy usage can be achieved quickly and easily. In fact, a school that engages in good energy practices can end up using more than a third less energy than the average school. Efforts usually focus on heating and lighting systems, but excessive use of technology can be addressed too.

Many energy-saving actions can be undertaken or monitored by the Eco-Committee and wider student body, while the science behind it can be studied in the classroom.

Project idea 1— ‘Switch off the lights’

An Eco-Committee starting out on their Eco-Schools journey might decide to launch a ‘Switch off Fortnight’ – a really simple to remember poster and sticker campaign at their school. Pupils could monitor the impact of their campaign by observing how many lights are left on unnecessarily during lunch break. This initial project could spark more ambitious carbon-saving projects. An Eco-Committee might investigate LED lighting, movement-sensor lighting, solar panels or even a new heating and insulation system for a school.

Project idea 2— ‘Low carbon fun’
‘Low carbon fun’ has become a bit of a catchphrase at the Keep Britain Tidy offices. We use it as shorthand to describe any activity that is fun to do, but has a very low ecological footprint. There are thousands of ways to have ‘low carbon fun’ and they don’t need to be directly about the environment. Stick them all together and you have yourself a ‘sustainable lifestyle’. An Eco-Committee might want to promote low carbon fun in their community by inspiring people to do everything from playing an acoustic guitar to reading a second-hand book!

Display Energy Certificates
In a drive to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings, in 2012 the Government made it a legal requirement to have a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) and Advisory Report carried out for any public building over 250m squared in size. This law applies to schools. We feel it is a good way to measure how energy efficient your school is and provides an opportunity to measure improvements year on year. Find more on DECs and how they affect you here.

Given that one of our aims is to make things as easy as possible for schools, whilst driving up eco-standards across the country, we have teamed up with an organisation that carries out assessments and supplies DECs to schools at an affordable price in comparison with the rest of the market. Email us at with the title ‘DEC Enquiry’ and we will arrange everything for you from there!

Energy Topic Sponsor: EDF Energy’s The Pod

See our full range of Energy Partners who can help your school with this topic

Energy Pinterest

Primary School Resources

Primary school children can begin to explore how energy can be converted into electricity and heating and how different energy sources have different impacts on Climate Change.


Interactive Eco-School

You can find a greener version of pretty much everything your school uses; pencils, carpets, uniforms, energy. Here you can investigate how you can ‘green’ your school

Interactive Eco-School