Middle School Home Energy Audit



Dear Students,

Keeping up with the demand for energy is a critical issue facing our area. Do you microwave popcorn? Play Nintendo? Go to the Movies? They take energy! How much energy do you and your family use? What can you do to use energy more efficiently?

We are looking for student reserachers who would like to contribute to a study of home energy use. As researchers you will conduct home energy audits, analyze the results for your class and compare your class results with those from other classes.

As part of your background research, we'd like your class to form small research teams to study a variety of alternative or renewable energies. One research team may want to study non-renewable energy for comparison.

Based on your data, you may suggest ways to conserve energy by changing practices and improving home energy efficiency. Your study may suggest advantages or disadvantages of using alternative enrgy sources. Hold a class symposium to share what you have learned.

Our Website has resources to help with your research. We look forward to learning about your findings and seeing the contributions you make to this important project.


Paul Torcellini Researcher
National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Authors: Sue Emmons, Powell Midddle School, Littleton, CO; Kevin Lindauer, Baker Middle School, Denver, CO; Janet Stellema, Monarch K-8, Louisville, CO; John Sepich, Scott Carpenter Middle School, Westminster, CO; Edited by Marge Bardeen NTEP II Project PI.
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Created: September 9, 1998 revised July 30, 2001
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