energy efficiency

South African minister of energy, Tina Joematt-Pettersson, yesterday visited the Phakamisani Primary School, KwaNokuthula, in Plettenberg Bay to increase awareness around energy efficiency.

Mayor of Bitou Local Municipality, Cllr Peter Lobese, joined the minister to promote the Energy Efficiency drive with community of Greater Bitou Local Municipality.

Save Energy efficiency drive

The energy efficiency campaign, themed as ‘Save Energy’, is aimed at raising awareness on the minimum energy performance standards and energy efficiency label of households’ appliances as well as promoting efficient use of energy in the building sector.

The Department recognises the importance of energy efficient buildings and appliances in contributing to improved energy security and the reduction of South Africa’s carbon footprint.

In 2002, South Africa’s public power firm Eskom, implemented an integrated demand management energy efficiency schools’ programme,  aimed to educate electricity users of the importance of energy efficiency.

In July, the utility said that it has developed educator guides and learner activity sheets for Grade R to Grade 9 pupils and teachers.

“Eskom believes it is critical to educate electricity consumers of all ages about the importance of efficient electricity usage in the home and across all business sectors in South Africa. This education programme plays a key role in helping to teach pupils about the importance of energy efficiency from an early age,” the utility said in a statement at the time.

Guides on energy efficiency

The energy group explained that the educator guides and learner activity sheets have been developed by an education expert to complement each subject per grade and per phase. Since electricity is already included in the school curriculum, the material is an ideal source of supplementary information on energy efficiency.

A statement read: “Material for the foundation phase is based on the principles of integration and play-based learning and comprises short, structured teaching and learning activities guided by the teacher.”

Material for the intermediary phase is said to feature repetitive activities across the grades adapted according to the level of the subject skills required for a grade.

Material for the senior phase is reported to focus on outcomes such as energy transfer in electrical systems and renewable energy.