Jump to this Video »
Energy 101: Home Energy Assessment
http://energy.gov/videos/energy-101-home-energy-assessment

EERE, U.S. Department of Energy

This video explains what is involved in conducting a home energy audit. Such an audit evaluates how much energy you use in your house and suggests the most cost-effective measures you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your home. The outcomes are the use of less energy resulting in cost-savings on your energy bills.

Video length is 3:31 min.

Discuss this Resource»
Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Actions taken by individuals, communities, states, and countries all influence climate. Practices and policies followed in homes, schools, businesses, and governments can affect climate. Climate-related decisions made by one generation can provide opportunities as well as limit the range of possibilities open to the next generation. Steps toward reducing the impact of climate change may influence the present generation by providing other benefits such as improved public health infrastructure and sustainable built environments.
About Teaching the Guiding Principle
Other materials addressing GPg
ans can take actions to reduce climate change and its impacts.
About Teaching Principle H
Other materials addressing Hum

Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
Other materials addressing:
7.3 Environmental quality.
Energy decisions are influenced by economic factors.
Other materials addressing:
5.4 Economic factors.
Behavior and design affect the amount of energy used by human society.
Other materials addressing:
6.6 Behavior and design.

Notes From Our Reviewers The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Read what our review team had to say about this resource below or learn more about how CLEAN reviews teaching materials
Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

About the Science

  • A home energy checkup helps owners determine where their house is losing energy and money - and how such problems can be corrected to make the home more energy efficient. Specific items in an audit include checking for leaks, examining insulation, inspecting the furnace and ductwork, performing a blower door test and using an infrared camera.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Educator could use a website such as http://energy.gov/science-innovation/energy-efficiency to supplement the video with other curricular tie-ins, like home energy audits for students to implement in their own homes.
  • 508 compliant. Captions and interactive transcript provided only on the Youtube version (see caution below).

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Video also available on Youtube but string of comments is distracting.
  • Buffering is sometimes an issue when viewing.

Jump to this Video »



Have you used these materials with your students? Do you have insights to share with other educators about their use? Please share with the community by adding a comment below.

Please use this space only for discussion about teaching with these particular materials.
For more general discussion about teaching climate literacy please use our general discussion boards.
To report a problem or direct a comment to the CLEAN project team please use our feedback form (or the feedback link at the bottom of every page).
Off-topic posts will be deleted.

Join the Discussion


Log in to reply