2 Replies Latest reply: Mar 3, 2013 11:05 PM by Lynne Hoffman RSS

How does energy consumption affect you and your students?

Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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What is energy management?  When it comes to energy saving, energy management is the process of monitoring, controlling, and conserving energy.  (taken from The What, Why, and How of Energy Management)

 

So why is energy management important?  The big picture involves global conservation!  We need to conserve energy in order to--

  • Reduce the damage that we're doing to our planet Earth. As a human race we would probably find things rather difficult without the Earth, so it makes good sense to try to make it last.
  • Reduce our dependence on the fossil fuels that are becoming increasingly limited in supply.

 

Now where do you fit into energy use and management?  Think of all the ways you use energy daily--especially with the influx of technology (i.e. computers, laptops, iPads, Smartphones).  What about your fuel consumption to heat or cool your home, maintain a comfortable work environment, drive your car, and/or use public transportation?

 

  • What can you do as an energy consumer to save energy? 
  • What happens if energy consumption runs unchecked? 
  • How can you, as an educator, teach students the importance of energy conservation?


  • Re: How does energy consumption affect you and your students?
    mso Novice
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    Thanks Lynne, your question is so appropriate considering the skyrocketing costs of gasoline! On a personal note, my husband I and commute to work together, almost every day...

    This makes for a somewhat longer trip, (and leaving the house a bit earlier), but the miles that we save, wear and tear on vehicles and the gas consumption is definitely worth it, since our jobs are a good distance from home.

    One great website that I was introduced to during one of the Thinkfinity professional development seminars is power up...

    http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/powerup.html

    Students enjoy trying to build a city that is sensitive to energy consumption...they need to make responsible decisions about what kind of resources to incorporate and how much they really need to use for their city. Students are surprised by the impacts of their decisions and love the graphics.

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