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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 Mathematics: Problems on Coal and Energy

A math and science unit for grades 7-8 on the developments that led to the discovery of coal and coal mining through the origins and kinds of coal; types and methods of coal mining, hazards of mining, measures of safety, and chemical by-products of coal, in three sections, the second focusing on word problems and math dealing with the measurement and computation of different polygons.

View Resource Food, Fuel, and Freeways: An Iowa Perspective on How Far Food Travels, Fuel Usage, and Greenhouse Ga

This is a publication of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University. The research for this publication compared fuel use, distances traveled, and carbon dioxide emissions associated with the transport of locally grown foods, to fuel use, distances traveled, and carbon dioxide emissions associated with the transport of foods typically available at local grocery stores...

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