Energy Activities admin 2017-11-06T18:03:59+00:00

These activities have been provided by CERES Education for schools to use in their curriculum. We’d appreciate you acknowledging CERES if you use or share these activities with others. 

cost of energy

The Cost of Energy

You will need:
* An energy meter (you can buy one from stores like Bunnings)
* A PowerMate (you can buy one from an organisation like Planet Savers)

1. Look at your school’s electricity bill and find out how much 1 kilowatt (kW) costs. Complete this number in the audit table provided.
2. Use the energy meter to measure different appliances in the room by plugging in the meter first and then plugging the appliance into the energy meter.
3. Record your findings in the audit table provided.
4. Use the audit table to work out the cost of each appliance per month.

Click here to download the Cost of Energy audit table.


Dress for the Weather Board GameDress for the Weather Board Game – Emas4Success

CERES has adapted this board game from Emas4Success.
Dress for the Weather programs help a school reduce its energy usage by reducing heating and cooling. Set up the board game, cards and choose your dice and player counters. Read the Dress for the Weather Board Game Instructions and have a play.

Click here to download the board game instructions written by CERES.

Click here to download the original activity by Emas4Success (board game cards are on pages 5 to 14).


energy auditingEnergy Auditing

You will need:
* A lux meter
* A thermometer
* A laser thermometer
CERES Education buys its equipment from our partner, Planet Savers.

1. Split into two teams. Decide who is going to be in the ‘Lighting Team’ and the ‘Heating and Cooling Team’.
2. Follow the instructions. Make sure you write down some of your findings to share with the group.

Click here to download instructions for how to use a lux meter.
Click here to download instructions for how to use a laser thermometer.


transport audit imageTransport Audit

Find out the distance each person travels one way from home to school and their mode of transport. Use the table to record your findings. Calculate the total kms for the group (one way) and the average distance. Now calculate how many kms the group would travel per year (return).
If auditing students, only audit the youngest or oldest in the family so a car doesn’t get counted twice.

Cool Australia’s has written transport audit lesson plans and student worksheets especially for CERES and ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic schools:

You will need to register on Cool Australia’s website. Registration is free.


yesterdayandtodayYesterday and Today

1. Categorise the electrical appliances.
Spread out the photos of electrical appliances.
Place them into the three categories:
Comfort, Fun and Entertainment, Helpful

2. Match these appliances to the past.
Match the modern-day appliances to those that were used in the past. What other alternatives were there?

Click here to download the activity cards for Yesterday and Today.


Click here to find even more Energy resources on the Sustainability Hub.