Energy Efficiency FUNdamentals

Energy Efficiency
FUNdamentals Workshop
Pat Higby
Introduction to Energy Efficiency
1. Basics of Energy Use
2. Energy Use Environmental Effects
3. Definitions of Energy Efficiency and
4. Activities (x 4)
Watts your Consumption and other smart Devices
Energy Bike
Infrared thermometer
5. Recap
6. Activity: Light Up Your Life
Basics of Energy Use
United States is a developed and Industrialized Nation.
Energy is a part of everything we do.
Residential Energy Use
Other" includes small electric devices, heating elements, motors, swimming
pool heaters, hot tub heaters, outdoor grills, and natural gas outdoor lighting.”
Transportation Energy Use
Energy and the Environment
Energy sources have different impacts or effects on the
environment. Some of these effects may include:
• emissions
• waste
• land or water use impacts
• others.
Greenhouse Gas Basics
Did You Know?
Most of our carbon dioxide
emissions come from using coal
and petroleum fuels.
Learn more about each major
energy source's impact on the
environment below.
Climate change indicators slide show
Graphing Atmospheric CO2
Keeling Data
Example of 2 year graph
Blank Graphing Sheet with Directions
We use a lot of energy! Most of the energy we
use today results in warming the earth.
What happens on a warmer Earth?
Do the Hot EaArth, Warm Earth activity to find
The earth/eaArth water cycle
• This activity is simple yet very effective for
illustrating how a warmer earth changes our
water cycle
• Since the water cycle is taught in every K-12
school, why not take the opportunity to enrich
our student’s learning to include motivation
for changes in energy production and use?
The earth/eaArth water cycle
• Fill one styrofoam cup 2/3 full of
warm water. This is water you
could bathe a baby in, warm, but
not too hot!
• Put the cup in a quart zip-lock bag
and seal it.
• Repeat with a cup of really hot
water or coffee fresh from the pot.
Do NOT put your finger in this
• Observe and note any differences
between the two systems.
Please volunteer
to draw
the water cycle!
What happens on a warmer earth?
• Check your cups! Can
you see that more
heat allows more
evaporation, and thus
more condensation?
• Remove your cups and
squeegee the water to
a corner of the bag.
How does the different
amounts of water
relate to flooding?
Something else
to consider
• What you can’t see
is important, too!
The same amount of
energy absorbed
during evaporation is
released during
condensation. In the
atmosphere this
results in strong
• Is this elaboration?
We use a lot of energy! Most of the energy we
use today results in warming the earth.
What happens on a warmer Earth?
How do we solve this problem?
• Change the way we generate energy to
sustainable forms
• Reduce the amount of waste we produce
• Change our energy usage behavior to
conserve more energy
• Improve our technology to improve energy
• and many more…
Definition of Terms
• Energy Conservation: is any behavior that results in the use
of less energy. Turning the lights off when you leave the
room and recycling aluminum cans are both ways of
conserving energy.
• Energy Efficiency: is the use of technology that requires
less energy to perform the same function. A compact
fluorescent light bulb that uses less energy than an
incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light is
an example of energy efficiency. However, the decision to
replace an incandescent light bulb with a compact
fluorescent is an act of energy conservation.
What About “Energy Vampires”?
Go to
Click on Energy Efficiency from the menu
Watch the video on Energy Vampires
Are the devices that prevent Energy Vampires
Energy Efficiency or Energy Conservation?
• Is the decision to use the devices Energy
Efficiency or Energy Conservation?
Activities (in partners)
Energy Bike
Watt’s your
Infrared Thermometer
• Energy Bike- One application you could do
with Energy Bike in your specialty area
• Watt’s Your Consumption – Classify objects
into Phantom Loads/non-phantom loads
• Watt’s Your Consumption – What do you
conclude about the advantages and
disadvantages of the three types of bulbs?
• Infrared Thermometer-One application you
could do from your specialty area
Activity: Light up your Life
Before you leave today:
• You get to take home your own
“Light up your Life Game”
• Please complete the
FUNdamentals questionnaire
• Be sure to attend Solar Energy
FUNdamentals Wkshp on
February 28!
• Thanks for Coming

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