August 20, 2018

Electricity

Conserving energy is the central theme of the Watt Watchers program, and one of the most tangible ways to save energy is by saving electricity. Content within this theme includes the Student Patrols Program as well as projects related to turning off the lights, monitoring computer power, and measuring and auditing consumption. If you are looking for material related solely to the Student Patrols Program, use the link in the main menu from any page. The table on this page contains all of the activities and lessons related to electricity. 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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Horizontal photo of female hand inserting power cord receptacle into electric wall outlet
Unplug the Extras During Long Breaks

Do teachers at your school have small refrigerators and other appliances in their classrooms? A great project to do before long breaks is to remind them about unplugging those items.

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Computer Monitor Reminder Cards
Computer Monitor Reminder Cards

Students create reminders to power down computers overnight and for school breaks.

Electricity, Projects, , , 6 7 8 9
Light Switch Covers
Light Switch Covers

This is a great project to help teachers and students remember to turn their lights off when they leave the classroom.

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Group of teens standing together and holding a blank board
Energy Announcements, Posters, Marquee Signs, Display Cases

Students engage the school community with a communications approach designed to keep resource conservation at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

Electricity, Food, Materials, Water, Projects, , , , 8 9 10 11 12
Red circle marked date on the month calendar
Energy Week

Students and their advisors organize events, speakers, and school-wide activities to engage the entire community with the activities and education about conservation topics.

Electricity, Materials, Water, Projects, , , 9 10 11 12
Line up of five elecric power meters on red electrical panels
Overnight & Weekend Meter Audits

By reading the school’s electric meters on Friday afternoon and the following Monday morning, you will be able to see how much energy is being used when the school is shut down.

Electricity, Projects, , , , , 7 8 9 10 11 12
Vending Machine Audit
Vending Machine Audit

When a refrigerator door is closed, the light goes off. On a vending machine, the light stays on 24 hours a day.

 

Electricity, Food, Projects, , , , , 7 8 9 10 11 12
Exit Sign Audits
Exit Sign Audits

If it seems like there are exit signs everywhere, it’s because there are an estimated 100 million exit signs in the United States consuming between 30 and 35 billion kWh of energy each year. How many are in your school?

Electricity, Projects, , , 9 10 11 12
Lighting Audit
Lighting Audit

How many lighting fixtures are in your classroom? In your school? How much energy do they use?

Electricity, Projects, , , , , 7 8 9 10 11 12
Electric bill charges paper form on the table
Track Your School’s Monthly Energy Savings

Tracking your school’s energy savings is a very simple task. Compare current energy use to energy use a year before you started Watt Watchers.

Electricity, Projects, , , , , 7 8 9 10 11 12
Teacher and schoolgirl at her desk, looking at each other
Mentoring a Watt Watchers of Texas Program in Your Feeder Schools

It is simple, free and fun for high school students to go to the middle schools and elementary schools in your district and share the message about Watt Watchers of Texas.

Electricity, Projects, , , 9 10 11 12
Alternative Watt Watchers Programs for High Schools
Alternative Watt Watchers Programs for High Schools

This project adapts the Student Patrols Program for high school students and focuses on communication and assessment rather than out-of-class patrolling.

Electricity, Projects, , , 9 10 11 12
Portrait of scientist Nikola Tesla
Who’s Who in Electricity?

The student will connect the contributions of scientists in the field of electricity to the concepts learned in class.

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Utility Bill Organizer
Utility Bill Organizer

Students will learn about the cost of utilities at home. Students will find out information about where their home energy comes from and make a comparison of cost and use.

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The Pay Me Game
The Pay Me Game

Students will use play money to understand the dollar cost of their energy habits.

Activities, Electricity, , , 3 4 5 6
Meter Reading
Meter Reading

Students will learn to read utility meters and compute energy use. After learning to read gas and electric meters, students will then proceed to monitor the energy used in their homes and keep a daily record. At school the information will be compiled and discussed.

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Street with townhouses in the night town
How Much Energy Do You Use?

This activity expands upon the awareness of a student’s energy usage learned in the Energy Home Survey lesson. The students will add math to their information to determine which appliances are energy eaters. They will work on utility math problems and a comparison of the results.

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Home Energy Survey
Home Energy Survey

In this lesson, students will become more aware of their energy use by conducting a home energy survey. They will answer questions to learn about appliances and air leaks in the home. Students will also discuss ways to save energy and develop a plan to start saving energy at home.

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Energy Trip Ticket

Students will learn about wasting energy, conserving energy, energy crisis and what to do about this by doing a hands on, minds on, classroom activity throughout the week.

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Energy Conservation vs. Energy Efficiency: What’s the Difference?
Energy Conservation vs. Energy Efficiency: What’s the Difference?

In this activity, students will create a definition for energy conservation and energy efficiency based on discussion with classmates and input from teacher.

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Young couple choosing washing machine in household appliance section at hypermarket
Cost-Effective Buying

In this activity, students will explore how to evaluate energy related purchases in terms of cost effectiveness.

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