There's a good chance you could improve your teaching if you were to:
emphasise that energy is essentially quantitative
talk and act as if energy is a constraint on possibilities, not a cause of a process
work with a clear ontology
keeping power and energy separate
Work through the Physics Narrative to find these lines of thinking worked out and then look in the Teaching Approaches for some examples of activities.
allowing an endless list of kinds of energy
using energy as cause
These difficulties are distilled from: the research findings; the practice of well-connected teachers with expertise; issues intrinsic to representing the physics well.
Prepare for teaching across the topic using these links
topic kitset topic path core ideas (topic) decisions to make (topic) suggestions (for the topic) topic issues
This is a nugget in the TL thread – connect all three threads from any link
Physics Narrative (PN) Teaching & Learning Issues(TL) Teaching Approaches(TA)