|The use of energy producing sources is a key element
in environmental health. We use energy sources to drive our cars, heat
and light our homes, run our businesses and schools, and generally to add
to our daily comfort. Some sources of energy are less destructive to our
world than others. Renewable sources and conservation are often environmentally
friendly.Renewable sources include power created by solar energy, wind,
wood, and water. Fossil fuels are finite and non renewable and often introduce
pollution to our air, land and water. Projects in this section should deal
with the enivironmental implactions of energy choices:
How can a person use energy in an environmentally
Focus questions about home energy use: (use four)
How much energy does my home use? (Do an energy audit
of your home)
What renewable sources are being used in my (any) home?
What non-renewable sources are being used in my (any)
What can be done in my (anyoneís) home to improve energy
How many kilowatts of electricity does my (anyoneís)
Where does the electricity that is used in my (anyoneís)
home come from?
What kinds of enegy use solutions will appear in our
Where does a solar home get its heat, light, electicity?
How does insulation help in creating an efficient solar
Whart are the problems with using solar energy in New
How does direction of windows and doors effect a solar
What is an efficient floor plan for solar home?
What is the difference between passive and active solar
Focus questions about solar homes (use four):
How much gas is used by students driving cars to SRHS?
What are benefits and drawbacks of electric cars?
How does the electric/gasoline car work?
What pollutants are added to our air by cars?
What types of mass transportation are available to Kingston/Newton
What is MBTE and what are its benefits and drewbacks?
What is ethanol and how might it help reduce pollution
caused by driving?
Where is crude oil found?
How can drivers save gasoline?
Focus questions about electical production: (use
What are the benefits and drawbacks of the fuels used
to create eletricity?
How is electricity generated in electrical power plants?
How much electricity is used by our school?
How much electricity is used in your home?
How can electricity use be reduced in your home/our
What fuels are used by electrical power plants that
provide electricity to homes in Kingston/Newton?
Focus questions about transportation: (use four)
Focus questions about energy saving devices (create
a model of or an actual practical energy saving device)
How does your device save energy? (show how it works)
How would you modify your device to make it practical
for home/business/school use?
If your device were to be used by many people, how would
it benefit our environment?
What are some of the benefits/drawbacks of your device?
What improvements could you make to your device to save
even more energy?
Focus questions about global warming (use four):
What is global warming?
What gases cause global warming?
What is the greenhouse effect?
What can be done to stop global warming?
What do scientists say about
How does global warming effect our climate?
What are the dangers of global warming?
Focus questions about drilling for oil in Alaska
What is the controversy surrounding drilling for oil
What are the potetential dangers/benefits of drilling
for oil in ANWR?
What are alternatives to drilling for oil in ANWR?
Where is ANWR and why is it important?
How do the people of Alaska feel about drilling for
oil in ANWR?
What are the possible dangers to wildlife?
What are the possible dangers to the natural environment?
What precautions will be taken to prevent any problems
tips manual from the Department of Energy.
Gasoline Saving tips from the
Department of Energy
of energy saving devices for the household.
of renewable resources such as solar, biomass, wind, water,... power
A catalog of energy efficient products
for the household.
Welcome to Energy
QuestTM Energy Education from the California Energy Commission
The Maine Solar House
Solar house plans
about successful solar systems
A Living on Earth Radio
article about global warming's effects on the North.
An example of a home
home energy audit from the DOE
Graph showing rising
levels of atmospheric carbon Dioxide. (This is related to global warming)
What is global warming
to many sites about global warming
The World Solar Car/Vehicle Race
ecological footprint - Just how
much of the Earth is dedicated to you?.
Hunger Site - Click here every day to help feed people around the world.
The Honda Insight
- Links to information about Honda's hybrid (electric/gas) car.
article about the econmics of hybrid (electric/gas) cars.
radio article from National Public Radio about hybrid cars heard as
a RealPlayer broadcast.
great picture showing how electricity is produced in a coal fired plant.
Electricity Calculator lets you find out just where and how your own
electricity is generated. Great info. about electric generation fuels