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From Grid to Home

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This page first made public: Jun 2, 2009

Summary

This one-period classroom activity is designed to have students analyze energy use, cost, and source patterns from household to regional scales and relate these patterns to CO2 emissions. This idea was generated at the Teaching Energy Workshop.

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Context

Audience

Grades 6 - 20
This activity can be adapted for various levels.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Understanding of Excel (or could do graphing by hand with younger students)
Basic math skills for calculations

How the activity is situated in the course

Stand alone exercise or as introduction to the Lifestyle Project

Goals

Content/concepts goals for this activity

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Description of the activity/assignment

Students use their household electric bills and available online data sets describing US regional electricity use, cost, and source to explore household energy use on personal, regional and national scales.

Determining whether students have met the goals

Students will create bar charts to summarize the regional data, participate in a discussion of how their electric bills compare to the regional average and the possible reasons for variation, and calculate their CO2 emissions and write about how to reduce their electric use.

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Supporting references/URLs

http://www.eei.org/ourissues/ElectricityGeneration/FuelDiversity/Documents/diversity_map.pdf
This map, arranged by census region, illustrates the diversity of fuel use and shows how the electricity generation mixes in various regions of the country differ.

http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/esr/table5.html
Average Monthly Electric Bill by Sector, Census Division, and State 2007, from the Energy Information Administration.

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