Energy Efficiency

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Lesson Plan: Lighting and Appliances

Lesson Plan: Lighting and Appliances

This week’s lesson focuses on two items within the home that use a good amount of energy and are sometimes easy to control. According to the U.

Lesson Plan: Measuring Electricity Consumption

Lesson Plan: Measuring Electricity Consumption

This week’s lesson on electricity consumption builds upon the previous week’s lesson. However, topics will be re-introduced for newcomers!

Energy consumption of streaming services

Energy Consumption of Streaming Services

If your family is like most, streaming content has become commonplace in your household. You may even start to wonder what impact those streaming services have on your energy consumption.

Lesson Plan: Understanding Your Electricity Bill

Lesson Plan: Understanding Your Energy Bill

This week’s lesson will help families to understand and dissect their electricity bills and understand how smart meters, utility apps and utility website data can help inform household energy decisions. As this lesson focuses most on electricity, the text will revisit and review electricity text previously covered, but this time with a new angle and

Lesson Plan: Solar Energy

Lesson Plan: Solar Energy

This lesson aims to introduce students to solar energy. Energy from the sun plays a part in the use of nearly every other source of energy, from wind to biomass to yes – fossil fuels!

How much energy do game consoles really use?

How Much Energy Do Game Consoles Really Use?

Computer games have never been more popular. Two-thirds of Americans use PCs, consoles and streaming devices to play games.

Lesson Plan: Natural Gas and Wind

Lesson Plan: Natural Gas and Wind Energy

Wind Energy Wind is moving air. If air is moving, work can be done!

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Lesson Plan: Energy Conservation at Home

Lesson Plan: Energy Conservation at Home

This lesson aims to introduce students to energy saving behaviors and why it is important to save or conserve energy. Energy conservation is the decision and practice of using less energy.

Lesson Plan: Electricity and Electricity Generation

Lesson Plan: Electricity and Electricity Generation

This lesson aims to introduce students to the basics of electricity – what it is, how we use it, and how we can generate it. Electricity is most often generated using a generator.

Lesson Plan: Energy Basics and Energy Sources

Lesson Plan: Energy Basics and Energy Sources

This lesson aims to introduce energy, helps to identify how we use energy, and begins to look closer at what renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy we use in the United States. For each suggested grade band, you’ll see some quick text for reading as well as a worksheet or link to interactive worksheets.

How to KonMari your technology

How to KonMari Your Home Technology

What does Marie Kondo have to do with home technology? Quite a bit, actually.

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