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View Resource Home Energy Audit

This is the first part of a two-part exercise in which students perform an audit and analysis of energy consumption in their homes. This part provides an introduction to the uses of energy in our homes. Topics include major uses in the home (heating, air conditioning, etc.), sources of energy (fossil fuels), and uses in the United States (industry, transportation, etc.). It includes an activity...

View Resource Home Energy Capstone

This capstone activity uses the results of the Home Energy Audit and the Home Energy Analysis activities to investigate how changes in lifestyle affect the amount of energy used in the home. Students will listen to a National Public Radio show that discusses the energy efficiency of home appliances and their sales to see if any of the issues mentioned relate to their willingness to make similar...

View Resource Home Chemicals

This lesson provides an introduction to the occurrence and possible risks of household chemical products. Topics include some basic chemistry (how elements combine to form compounds), how chemicals are classified, and the idea of natural, as opposed to synthetic, chemicals. The lesson includes an activity in which students take an inventory of chemical products in their homes and research the...

View Resource Make Every Drop Count In Your Home

The University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension, presents this site which outlines the steps to take in order to make "every drop of water count in your home." Focusing on everyday things such as toilets, showers, faucets and washing machines, the site is applicable to a very general audience. Overall, this is introductory material which quickly shows easy ways to conserve water.

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