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Cooling and Heating Activities
Overall, the built environment around us is responsible for more energy consumption than any other sector, but consumption is much more than lighting and computers. A very significant portion of energy consumption is hidden in the form of cooling and heating the spaces we call home, work, or school. Cooling and heating requirements vary by region and even vary greatly within the state of Texas. However, one of the ways to reduce overall energy consumption is maintaining best practices for cooling and heating efficiency.
Investigate: Energy in Texas
There's no doubt that oil and gas have had an unmistakable impact on Texas. It is a major industry employing hundreds of thousands of people today, but in the grand scheme of the history of Texas and North America, oil and gas is still an emerging industry.
Early Oil in Texas
The lifetime of the East Texas Field stretches across one of the most rapid periods of change known to history. When it was discovered, the Great Depression was just beginning, computers were mechanical, and horses still provided farm labor in many places.
How Hot is it Underground?
Though geothermal resources lie beneath all of the United States, they are less difficult to reach near active faults. The Mountain West, populated with active faults and tectonic activity, has the highest underground temperatures near the surface. Thus, it shows most of the installed capacity for geothermal.
Where Does the Sun Shine?
The potential for generating electricity from solar power in the United States far exceeds that of Europe. Deserts are particularly abundant with photons, and flat land lends itself to the physical area required for large-scale solar panel installations. As a result, analysts and producers expect the southwestern United States to continue to be a hotbed of solar activity.
History of Science
Students should identify a single historical or contemporary individual that made a significant contribution to the fields of energy, chemistry, physics, environmental science, or a related field. Students should explain the relationship between that scientist's work and previous and following work in the field. Special note should be made of collaboration, cross-disciplinary work, and the contribution of any women, minorities, or people of color.
Investigating Potential and Kinetic Energy
The first law of thermodynamics states that energy in a closed system can neither be created nor destroyed but rather goes through a series of conversions from one form to another. The details of several conversions anchor the fundamentals of thinking about energy more concretely as a global industrial sector.
Integrating “Energy 101”
If you're looking for a resource related to complex, multidisciplinary issues in the energy sector, look no further than Energy 101: Energy Technology & Policy.
Keeping the School Cool
How we design, operate, and place our buildings has a bigger impact on our energy profile than any other aspect of modern society. That means the built environment is a good place to start for implementing efficiency programs.
Utility Bill Organizer
We use energy for everything and could not make it through a single day without it. But we rarely even think about how much we use, what kinds of energy there are, the cost, or the pollution consequences.
How Much Energy Do You Use?
U.S. residents use more energy now than we ever have in the past. There are many reasons for this.
Home Energy Survey
The Home Energy Survey and Energy Checklist are ways to make the students aware of how much energy they are using throughout the day.
Energy Conservation vs. Energy Efficiency: What’s the Difference?
Some people think of energy conservation as having to be uncomfortable or suffer to save energy. The truth is: comfort and conservation are completely compatible!
Consider the motivational factors for purchasing an “energy-saving” heating or cooling system.
Keep Your Cool Naturally
Staying cool takes energy. There is energy in creating cool air, through electricity. Being unintentional about your energy use is a waste of energy.
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