Thai schools which take part in this program can expect to save up to 30% on electricity bills and dramatically reduce waste.
The responsibility of every Thai school is to develop students who are smart and responsible Thai citizens. Energy conservation, recycling, and waste reduction are important parts of that obligation.
The Thailand Eco-School program is here to provide you with the knowledge tools to help you achieve that goal.
Thai Schools: How to Save Energy
1) Turn OFF lights when rooms are empty. Turn OFF lights when not needed. Keep curtains, shutters, or shades open to use daylight instead of turning on lights.
2) Put computers to SLEEP when not in use during the day. Turn OFF computers at the end of the day.
3) Turn OFF printers, scanners, and other electronic equipment when not in use.
4) Purchase energy efficient lights and equipment. The most popular energy efficient light bulbs available are halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
5) When buying new computers or replacing old ones, purchase laptops instead of desktops.
6) Make energy savings posters & signs to display throughout your school. These posters should show the word “OFF” with an arrow pointing down. Put these posters by light switches, computers, printers, etc.
7) Create a student “Energy Patrol” in you school to help make sure the above tips are followed.
8) Check your school’s energy saving results by comparing your monthly electricity bill with the electricity bill from the previous month.
How to Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle Waste at Your School
1) Reduce paper use by photocopying and printing on both sides of paper whenever possible.
2) Reduce paper use by using electronic methods (email & website) when communicating with parents and the public.
3) Reduce food-related waste by starting a school composting program.
4) Purchase office and classroom supplies in bulk, and buy products with recycled content.
1) Reuse paper by organizing a “Re-use Box” for half-used paper that can be used for rough work and art projects.
2) During lunchtime use reusable containers, mugs, cutlery, and napkins.
3) Look for creative ways to use items that might be thrown away for school arts and craft projects.
1) Use recycling boxes to recycle all paper products used in offices and classrooms.
2) Use recycling containers throughout the school to recycle cans and other containers.
3) Check daily whether your recycling bins contain only the correct recyclable materials.
4) Create RRR posters to put up around the school reminding students, teachers, and administrators to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
5) Establish a program where students can bring their recyclables from home to the school for recycling pickup.
Download Free Resources!
Get free tracking charts for your school here: Thailand Eco-School Free Materials.
Student project! Build an easy solar cooker: Solar Lookchin Cooker.
Download Free Poster #1: Turn Off the Lights
Download Free Poster #2: Turn Off the Lights
Download Free Poster #3: Turn Off the Computer
Send us photos and videos of your school’s efforts! We will feature them at the EcoKohChang.com website!