Integrated Energy in Everyday Energy Practices in the Family Life of the Sixth Grade Primary School Students

Authors : Dimitrios Poimenidis

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 3 - March

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The daily life of students and their families is directly and indirectly related to various daily functions and practices concerning the use of materials and energy. Transportation, water use, food types and supplies, the use of printing paper, packaging materials and their recycling are very important everyday issues that have a great impact on people’s lives. They are addressed in the current study and are directly related to environmental, social, economic, and political issues. The respective governments ‘role is considered primary on these affairs, while the education system and the school as an institution play an important role in providing not only knowledge but mainly raising children’s awareness. The present study was conducted from November to December 2020 on primary school students with the use of a structured closed-ended questionnaire. The results show a high degree of implementation of positive practices related to the reduction and saving mainly of grey energy and resources, in fields related to student transport, the use of drinking water from the water supply network, the rational use of water in the bathroom, the consumption of food products mainly from the children’s home environment, the reduction of meat consumption per week, the reduction and management of packaging and wrapping materials when purchasing products, the management of printable paper and the use of printing inks. The implementation of recycling materials and the adoption of educational practices concerning the rational use or non-use of materials and energy to a large extent in the school units of the study sample as a common element of the study population seems to significantly enhance the ecological profile and energy literacy of the students.

Keywords : Energy Literacy, Grey Energy, Energy Saving, Perceptions, Daily Practices.


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