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Energy Efficiency & Energy Management

Topic: Energy Efficiency


Primary Energy Infobook       


Elementary Energy Infobook       
Intermediate Energy Infobook       

Energy Infobooks are the resource for many NEED activities and include an introduction to energy, information on major sources of energy, new technologies, energy conservation, electricity, climate  change,  and  other  energy  information. They are available on four reading levels and are revised and updated annually.


 
 

Secondary Energy Infobook       

Energy Infobooks are the resource for many NEED activities and include an introduction to energy, information on major sources of energy, new technologies, energy conservation, electricity, climate  change,  and  other  energy  information. They are available on four reading levels and are revised and updated annually.

   Energy EfficiencyClimate Change
 

  



All About Trash (e-publication)

Students learn about solid waste, its relationship to natural resources and energy, and options for handling solid waste including recycling, landfilling, and incineration.

Primary
 



Blueprint for School Energy Teams  e-publication

A tool for schools seeking to lower energy consumption through the adoption of school energy policies
and the formation of a student energy team.

  Primary Elementary IntermediateSecondary




Building Buddies Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
Building Buddies Student Guide  (e-publication)

Primary students are introduced to basic concepts of energy use and conservation, using the school as a learning laboratory and then extending to home energy use and conservation measures. Students monitor and evaluate energy conservation behaviors daily. Individual students and classrooms are recognized for energy-saving habits and being good Building Buddies. The kit includes a Teacher Guide, class set of Student Guides, rewards, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities.

 
 




Building Science (e-publication)

This unit teaches the science involved with keeping building occupants healthy and comfortable and the buildings energy efficient. Activities introduce the house as a system, explore conduction with insulation materials, investigate heat transfer using infrared thermometers, simulate home airflow, and test building performance measures. The kit includes an all-encompassing teacher and student guide, and all of the tools and materials necessary to conduct the activities.

IntermediateScienceLanguage ArtsTechnology
 




Chemistry and Energy Efficiency

In this web-based curriculum, teachers and students take an in- depth look at chemistry in daily life, the use of energy by the chemistry industry, life cycles of products and activities, careers in the chemistry industry, and the impact the chemistry industry has on carbon dioxide production and climate change.

  




Energy Conservation Contract (e-publication)

In this outreach activity, students learn about energy conservation and ask their families to sign contracts in which they agree to save energy. Students then calculate the energy savings, and re- evaluate their conservation measures. 

  
 



Energy House  (e-publication)

In this activity, students learn about efficiency, conservation, and diminishing returns by using various materials to insulate their house and then test its efficiency.

 
  



Learning and Conserving Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
Learning and Conserving Student Guide  (e-publication)

In this activity, students explore energy consumption and conservation by reading utility meters and utility bills, comparing EnergyGuide labels, and exploring electric nameplates. Students conduct comprehensive surveys of the school building and school energy consumption—gathering, recording, and analyzing data, and monitoring energy usage. Students work in groups to develop comprehensive energy management plans for the school that include suggestions for retrofits, systems management, and conservation practices. The kit includes a Teacher Guide, class set of Student Guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities.

 




Monitoring and Mentoring Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
Monitoring and Mentoring Student Guide  (e-publication)

Students are introduced to methods of measuring energy consumption, determining costs, and quantifying environmental effects through a series of hands-on activities that use the school building as a learning laboratory. Students conduct surveys of the school building and school energy consumption— gathering, recording, and analyzing data, and monitoring energy usage. The kit includes a Teacher Guide, class set of Student Guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities.

 
 




Museum of Solid Waste and Energy  (e-publication)

Students learn about solid waste, its relationship to natural resources and energy, and options for handling solid waste including recycling, landfilling, and incineration.  Exhibit Questions   


 



Plug Loads  (e-publication)

This unit guides students through an in-depth investigation of electricity consumption by appliances and machines in their school building. Students gather data and calculate energy use and economic and environmental costs over time, and determine ways to reduce consumption.  Plug Loads Worksheet   



 



 Saving Energy at Home and School Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
Saving Energy at Home and School Student Guide  (e-publication)

Students explore energy sources, efficiency, and conservation with hands-on activities for the home and classroom environments. Students and  families  install measures from the Home Energy Efficiency Kits that correspond to the lessons learned in the classroom, and discuss their own energy use.

  
 




School Energy Survey Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
School Energy Survey Student Guide  (e-publication)

Students investigate all aspects of their school’s energy consumption by conducting a comprehensive energy audit and developing an energy conservation plan to implement.

  Language Arts
 



Smart Meters  (e-publication)

Smart Meters allows students to explore smart meter technology, ways to save energy at home, investigate electricity consumption of electrical devices, and determine ways to reduce energy consumption at home.



 



Talking Trash (e-publication)

Students learn about solid waste, its relationship to natural resources and energy, and options for handling solid waste including recycling, landfilling, and incineration.
Technology

  



Today in Energy  (e-publication)

These activities introduce students to the economics of energy use. Choices, trade-offs, and costs are explored using math and critical thinking skills.


 



Using and Saving Energy  (e-publication)

This guide introduces students to basic concepts of energy use and conservation at home in a read-aloud format and provides suggested activities.



 
 

Additional Resources

Introduction to Energy Management power point presentation 
Introduction to Building Science power point presentation
 

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