Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Image courtesy of ClimateClever

Clean Power

ClimateClever — Teach Your Children Well

We all know that the kids get it when it comes to electric cars, especially Teslas. Efficient use of the energy is a little harder to instill — try training the kids to turn off the light when they leave the room. On that note, Vanessa Rauland was inspired to create an app that teaches us how to manage our energy use. She started with one high school in Perth, Western Australia, her app — ClimateClever.— The idea came to her while she was doing her PhD on decarbonizing cities.

Over the last two years, Australia has experienced drought and bushfires exacerbated by climate change. This is leading to greater anxiety amongst children. And it has been made worse by the COVID outbreak and the intermittent lockdowns. Kids need to be aware, and they need to know that they can do something about it. Using the ClimateClever app, schools are educating, changing behaviours, and saving money.

ClimateClever’s first pilot with 15 schools demonstrated average financial savings of $16 per student ($4,800 for a school of 300 students) and a 20% reduction in carbon emissions,” said Dr Rauland. “Since our national launch of the App in 2018, over 50 schools have participated in the program, reducing their own carbon footprint and bills.”

The ripple effect, as students take their new knowledge and habits home, means that communities are decarbonizing as well. The school becomes a living laboratory to help teach STEM, digital technologies, and sustainability. Accurate real-world data is produced that influences behavior change.

Students and their wider community are motivated to make better use of energy resources by seeing the impact of their actions. Further curriculum materials are also provided.

Lynwood Senior High School has saved over $20,000 on electricity bills and $8,000 on gas bills. Principal Geri Hardy, who was also Principal of the first Carbon Neutral School in Australia, says, “ClimateClever has helped us to track our utility data on an ongoing basis, which has proved invaluable to understanding where savings can be made. It also provides great project-based learning opportunities for our students.”

Rauland wants to create a network of climate champions who will save the planet while they are saving money. The ClimateClever app provides comparison data to allow users to measure their progress in that regard.

“I know as individuals, we sometimes feel powerless and that as one person, we don’t make a difference. But collectively, our actions can be very powerful.”

Image courtesy of How to be: ClimateClever, ClimateClever

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...
If you like what we do and want to support us, please chip in a bit monthly via PayPal or Patreon to help our team do what we do! Thank you!
Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

David Waterworth is a retired teacher who divides his time between looking after his grandchildren and trying to make sure they have a planet to live on. He is long on Tesla [NASDAQ:TSLA].


You May Also Like

Clean Power

Australia's Allume Energy has the world's only technology capable of sharing rooftop solar with multiple units in residential apartment buildings.


Was Australia ready for Fully Charged? Mixed reactions are coming from people who attended Robert Llewellyn’s first foray into Australia — Fully Charged Sydney....

Clean Power

One of the lessons that countries are learning from the current war in Ukraine is that centralised power generation creates energy vulnerability, and therefore...

Clean Power

In a massive irony, the Queensland Labour government will use increased taxes on coal miners to buy and complete the 1,000 km high-voltage network...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.