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Energy diaries

Discover how much electricity you really use every day. How could you reduce the amount?
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Coloured pens or pencils
Energy diary
PDF – 100.3KB
A book is opened on a double page spread featuring images of rain water collectors, solar panels and trees.

Think about electricity

  1. Everyone should split into small groups.
  2. Each group should chat about where and how they use electricity throughout the day. They should think about when they’re at home, when they’re at school, and when they’re out and about.
  3. Some people should take it in turns to tell everyone what their group talked about.
  4. Everyone should think about whether they could live in the same way without electricity. Do people think electricity is essential and something they couldn’t live without?
  5. The person leading the activity should give everyone an ‘Energy diary’ sheet.
  6. Everyone should take their ‘Energy diary’ sheets home. Before the next meeting, they should choose a day to fill the boxes in. They should count how many minutes they used electricity for each thing and how many times they did each action.

Chat about diaries

  1. Everyone should bring their completed diaries to the next meeting.
  1. Everyone should get into the groups they were in for ‘Think about electricity’ and share their diaries with each other. Which two are the most similar? Which one is the most surprising? Did any diaries not list a type of electricity usage that the others did (for example, leaving a lamp switched on)? Have their diaries made anyone want to change how they do things to reduce their energy usage?
  2. Everyone should use their diaries to help them think of five ways that they could reduce the amount of energy they use.
  1. The person leading the activity should give everyone some plain paper and pens or pencils.
  2. Everyone should make a poster with their five ways of reducing electricity. They should design something to display at home, to remind them (and whoever they live with) how they can use less energy.
  3. Everyone should choose five other people they’d like to share their tips with. They could think about people they live with (for example, siblings) or other people they spend time with like friends at school.

Reflection

This activity was about being responsible – doing your best and trying to do the right thing. Who was surprised by their energy usage? Did anyone use gas (or other forms of energy) as well as electricity? Why is it important to try to use less energy? The difference that one person makes can feel small. Is it still important that each household tries their best?

This activity was also about helping the community. How does reducing electricity usage make the world a better place for everyone? How could people remind others to use less electricity? People could think about the people they live with, the people they see at school, or other people who use their meeting space, for example. What would happen if every community were more responsible with energy use?

Safety

Music and films

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Make it accessible

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