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Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency lessons provide students and teachers with activities to bridge the subjects of Fundamentals of Energy and Climate Change, and provide activities for students to make their own solutions to energy issues.
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Home Energy Quiz
The Home Energy Quiz will get your students thinking about how and where energy is used in the home. The follow-up discusses energy saving activities that can be taken to reduce the cost of heating and cooling. The Home Energy Quiz is from Energy Star.gov
Writing Across the Disciplines Lesson
Writing Across the Disciplines can be used to explore the Clean Energy Options available for Connecticut and the 20% by 2010 campaign. Students will research the Clean Energy Options and write an essay on why a customer should or should not participate in the options offered. Or, write a persuasive argument to have local electricity customers purchase clean power.
Ecological Footprint
The Ecological Footprint measures the amount of renewable and nonrenewable resources that are used by our activities. Ecologically productive land area is required to support everything that we eat or use, and also to absorb the wastes we create. Worldwide there are 4.7 biologically productive acres available per person, and this doesn’t include the needs of all of the plants and animals. A growing world population will reduce the number of acres available per person.
12 Steps to a Sustainable School
12 Steps to a Sustainable School is an assessment and analysis tool that can be used by classrooms to promote understanding of how the complex current issues of energy, pollution, supply and consumption, and climate change are not just global, but also local. 12 Steps can empower students to make local changes that may effect how their school is run, the quality of life within the school, and even reduce the town’s spending.
There's a Thief in my Kitchen
That ceiling light may be stealing money from your family, heating up the room in summer and adding to greenhouse gases. This activity allows students to compare energy used by pairs of incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Some of the energy used by light bulbs is converted to heat energy, since this is not the intended use; this heat energy is considered waste.
Compact Fluorescent and LED Cost-Benefit Analysis
The Compact Fluorescent lesson provides teachers and students with the means to connect energy use consequences and climate change causes in a “take home message.” Through examining home energy use, calculating potential savings and pollution caused by the generation of electricity, students can internalize each of these issues and share information with their families.
How does the electricity I use compare to the national average?
The impact electricity has on air emissions is determined by the fuel mix used to generate the electricity. The fuel mix varies according to location and fuel availability. Determin the fuel mix of the electricity you use with an EPA interactive site, and compare that to the fuel mix and air emissions in other parts of the country, and the nation's average.
Energy in the 9.3 Standard Unit
This unit plan provides resources and a format for teachers to comprehensively address the 9.3 Connecticut Science Standard: “Various sources of energy are used by humans and all have advantages and disadvantages.” The unit is set up in a layered curriculum that may be used as a whole or in parts. The comprehensive unit provides base knowledge activities at the “C Level”, and growth activities at the “B Level” and “A Level”.
Conducting a Classroom Energy Audit
This lesson is designed to be used as an overview format which teachers can use to help students understand components of energy efficiency within their classrooms and schools. The unit is split into categories including classroom envelope, classroom energy use, heating and cooling, lighting and controls, and energy efficient classroom examples.
Personal Wedges Game
This lesson and game was created to empower students to decrease CO2 emissions in their lives now and provide ways they can continue to decrease CO2 emissions over the next 50 years. The game was designed to be used in combination with the Stabilization Wedges Game. This combination allows students to see the contributions of CO2 on a world wide basis and then bring it to a more personal level. As with the Stabilization Wedges, the overarching message is that reduction of CO2 emissions will not be done with a singe action but with a combination of many actions built upon over years. Adapted from: Stabilization Wedges: A Concept and Game http://www.princeton.edu/~cmi/resources/stabwedge.htm
Your Source of Energy
In the first part of this activity students will explore the role the sun plays in providing much of the Earth’s energy through photosynthesis. Students will make connections between energy from the sun and the energy in the food they eat. They will also make connections between the energy from the sun and other forms of energy they use in their daily lives. The second part of the activity asks students to locate the commercial electric generators in their state. Students will explore an Energy Information Administration data set to better understand electricity generation in the state. These lessons have been adapted from Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Energy for Missouri: Today and Tomorrow.
Our Town Microgrid Challenge
Students will develop plans for an energy microgrid for their town, weighing costs, environmental concerns, location, and emergency needs. Students will present their work to their peers, and to town leaders/planners and discuss real-world concerns and actions. This unique unit allow students to create engineering solutions for their own town.