National Teacher Enhancement Project

Middle School Home Energy Audit


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Select the best answer.

1. The energy in fossil fuels such as coal is stored as.....

a. chemical energy

b. electrical energy

c. thermal energy

d. nuclear energy


2. What energy source provides the nation with the most energy?

a. coal

b. natural gas

c. petroleum



3. Which residential task uses the most energy?

a. lighting

b. heating water

c. heating and cooling rooms

d. refrigerators


4. Most energy conversions produce.....

a. light

b. heat

c. motion

d. sound


5. The major use of coal in the United States is to....

a. fuel trains

b. heat homes and buildings

c. make chemicals

d. generate electricity


6. Compared to incandescent light bulbs, fluorescent bulbs...

a. use more energy

b. use less energy

c. use the same amount of energy

d. make people use more light


7. Which sector of the economy consumes the most energy?

a. transportation

b. commercial

c. industrial

d. residential


8. Electricity usage is measured in......

a. amperes

b. volts

c. kilowatt-hours

d. current


9. A kilowatt is equal to......

a. 10watts

b. 50 watts

c. 75 watts

d. 1000 watts


10. The average cost of a kilowatt-hour of electricity in our region......*

a. 1-10 cents

b. 10-25 cents

c. 25-99 cents

d.1-5 dollars


* See Teacher Homepages.


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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.