ERIC Number: EJ825290
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Think Green: Teach Students Smart Ways to Reduce Home Energy Use
Roman, Harry T.
Tech Directions, v68 n5 p20-21 Dec 2008
Energy conservation and reducing heat loss in buildings is a very powerful way to lower energy costs. Sometimes great savings can be realized with simple measures. This subject provides a great vehicle for teaching science content that is very relevant to everyone's daily life--and financial well-being. In this article, the author first discusses three simple rules that will help with understanding how to save energy: (1) Heat always moves from a region of higher temperature to one of lower temperature; (2) Hot air rises; and (3) Heat loss from a building depends greatly on the outside surface area of a structure. He then suggests classroom activities that will involve and encourage students to develop ideas on how to reduce home energy use.
Descriptors: Class Activities, Learning Activities, Energy Conservation, Climate, Conservation (Environment), Heat, Costs, Science Instruction, Environmental Education, Relevance (Education)
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