Introduction

The Energy Story

  Energy Is Born
  Energy Types
  Energy Changes
  Energy Generation

The Energy Problem

  Conservation of Energy
  Aging of Energy
  Finite Resources
  The Oil "Crisis"
  Energy Pollution
  Discussion Topics

The Energy Solution

  Conserving Electricity
  Appliance Efficiency
  Heating Conservation
  Renewable Energy

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Secret Lives Title - The Energy Solution


Conserving Electricity

You should now be familiar with how to calculate the energy use and cost for the appliances in your home. A reasonable goal would be to start to save or conserve energy by shutting off the appliances that are not needed. You can keep track of the energy and money that you save by printing out and filling in the table below. Don't let the fact that, especially in the beginning, the energy savings will seem to be small. But as you begin to learn where the more significant savings are, these numbers should increase.


Here a just a few examples to get you started of how you can save energy.

Shut off lights in rooms that are not being used. While the energy per light is small, it's amazing how many lights can be on in a house at any given time. And if these lights are left on, overnight for example, the energy loss can add up.

Do you have three electric clocks in the same room? Are all these clocks really necessary?

Leaving for the weekend? Shut down your computer and all of its peripherals.

Not going out right after you shower? Maybe you don't really need to blow dry your hair.


Savings Worksheet

Cost of Electricity: $ / kwatt hr = ___________
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(kwatts)
Estimated
Time Saved
(hr/yr)
Energy
Saved

(kwatt hr/yr)
Money
Saved
($)
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