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School Lighting Audit Program

Lesson Description:
The purpose of the lighting in the library activity is to calculate the electricity used to provide lighting in the school library and determine the feasibility of saving energy and money by using energy efficient lighting fixtures. Your students will assume the role of an energy auditor assigned the task of assessing the current situation and making a recommendation for energy-efficient improvements. This activity requires a selection of a room or section of the school, an examination of the school’s energy bill, and a basic understanding of algebraic concepts as a problem solving strategy.

Each student will:
  • Define terms associated with an energy audit, e.g., incandescent, fluorescent, efficacy.
  • Identify the components of a school lighting audit plan.
  • Prepare a school lighting audit plan.

Lesson Type:
  • Audit
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
50 minutes
Materials Needed:
  • Lighting in the lLibrary’s “Student Worksheet” pages 1, 2, 3, and 4.

School or Group:
U.S. Department of Energy
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Lighting_Library_intro.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Lighting_Library_intro.pdf
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