Home Energy Assessment Toolkit for Classrooms

The City of St. Albert offers various programs, resources, and tips on conserving water and energy usage in your home. 

The Classroom Home Energy Assessment Toolkit resource is for Grades 5, 7, and 11. Each toolkit holds a series of activities for students to test the current energy and water usage levels at school and home. By analyzing the data in small groups, students will discover ways to reduce energy and water consumption to promote a greener future. 

The Home Energy Assessment Toolkit package includes one classroom HEAT kit with additional tools to demonstrate in class activities and 15 HEAT kits for students to use in class and at home. Each student HEAT kit contains a number of tools to determine the energy and water usage in their schools and at home. For each grade level, a PDF Teachers guide will be available and includes activity questions that specifically align with the Alberta Science Curriculum.

Please note: Activity guides are available in English and French.

Thank you to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for making this classroom resource possible.

Science Curriculums

Activities in the HEAT kit are directly related to the key concepts and outcomes of the Grade 5, 7 and 11 science curriculums. 

Grade 5 – Weather Watch

  • Predict within a given indoor or outdoor environment, where one is likely to find the warmest and coolest temperatures. 
  • Describe patterns of air movement (indoor and outdoor) that result when one area is warm and another area is cool. 
  • Describe the effects of the Sun’s energy on daily/seasonal changes in temperature. 
  • Recognize that human actions can affect climate, identify human actions that have been linked to the greenhouse effect. 

Grade 7 - Heat and Temperature

  • Students investigate sources and uses of heat and consider the impact of resource usage on our long-term ability to meet energy needs. 
  • What heat-related technologies do we use to meet human needs? What implications do these technologies have for sustainable use of resources? 
  • Key concepts include thermal energy (preferred term), temperature, heat transfer, insulation and thermal conductivity, thermal energy sources, energy conservation. 
  • Identify examples of personal and societal choices is using energy resources/technology (choices that affect the amount of hot water used in their daily routines/ choices in how that water is heated). 
  • Compare and evaluate materials and designs that maximize heat energy transfer. For example, evaluate different window coatings for use in a model home. 
  • Identify positive and negative consequences of energy use and describe examples of energy conservation in their home/community. 

Grade 11 (Science 24) – Understanding Common Energy Conservation Systems

  • Energy transformation and conservation 
  • Energy consumption and household electrical devices as converters of energy 
  • Rate of energy transfer and efficiency 
  • Energy transformations in the home and everyday contexts 
  • Compare the efficiency of electrical power distribution systems by tracing the energy conversions that occur in various household devices, such as power tools and microwaves, as well as fluorescent, incandescent and halogen light bulbs. 
  • Devise a plan to make more efficient use of household energy conversion devices, such as ensuring full loads in dishwasher and clothing washer and use of appropriate wattage light 

How to Reserve Your Kit

The HEAT kits will be available to reserve for a duration of 2 weeks at a time during the school year. Please reserve these kits in advance to secure your requested date.

To request to reserve the Classroom Teacher HEAT Kit plus up to 15 Student HEAT kits, please fill out the form below.

Classroom HEAT Kit Request Form

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Please note the following: 1) This personal information is being collected under the authority of Section 33 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.A., 2000 and will be used to process your inquiry. It will be treated in accordance with the privacy protection provisions of Part 2 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. If you have any questions about the collection, contact the FOIP Coordinator. 2) The City does not respond to anonymous enquiries/submissions, malicious submissions, or submissions containing inappropriate or profane language; those received will be discarded by staff.

Example: February 8, 2022

Safety Note: The City of St. Albert Environment & Utilities Department adheres to COVID-19 safe handling and isolation procedures when loaning out this toolkit.

Last edited: September 7, 2021