National Teacher Enhancement Project

Middle School Home Energy Audit


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Dear Students,

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

We are looking for student researchers 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. This will be a challenging PROJECT that will help everyone deal with the energy issue.

As part of your background research, we'd like your class to form research teams to study energy sources, uses, consumption and conservation.

Based on your data, you may suggest ways to conserve energy by changing practices and improving home energy efficiency.

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 NTEP II 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 Middle School, Littleton, CO; Kevin Lindauer, John F. Kennedy High School, Denver, CO; Linda Lung, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO; John Sepich, Scott Carpenter Middle School, Westminster, CO; ; Janet Stellema, Monarch K-8, Louisville, CO.
Created: September 9, 1998 - Updated: October 3, 2001.