August 21, 2018

Cooling and Heating

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.

The table on this page contains all of the activities, lessons, and projects related to cooling and heating. You can sort the table by title, short summary, category, or grade by clicking the column label. The filter drop-down menus limit the number of items in the table to only those that meet the specifications listed. You can also click any category or grade to view only those contents in those subcategories. To see all contents, simply click the reset button. Use the search box on this page to search for a particular activity in the table below.

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Female hand setting a digital thermostat
Keep Your Cool Naturally

Students will learn ways to cool their homes naturally in order to save energy – and money.

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Close-up Of A Person Throwing The Leftover Pasta Into The Trash Bin
How Much Food Do You Waste?

Students will track and measure their food consumption over two weeks to learn more about waste and strategies to reduce food waste.

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Solar Cooking Oven with black pot.
Solar Cooking Demonstrations

There is a wide variety of solar cookers students may build, some of which can be constructed during a class period and others which may require a whole day.

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Work composed of mineral wool insulation in the floor, floor heating insulation , warm house, eco-friendly insulation, a builder at work

The Community Weatherization Project is among the biggest and most challenging of all school energy projects.

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