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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.

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ngssSee how this Video supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea
High School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas

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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.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Basic principles of home energy auditing as presented in the video are sound, but it leads the viewer to believe that if they implement the suggested measures they will see significant changes to their energy bill. This may not be the case.

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.

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Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1

MS-ESS3.A1:Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. These resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3

HS-ESS3.A1:Resource availability has guided the development of human society.

HS-ESS3.A2:All forms of energy production and other resource extraction have associated economic, social, environmental, and geopolitical costs and risks as well as benefits. New technologies and social regulations can change the balance of these factors.

HS-PS3.A5:“Electrical energy” may mean energy stored in a battery or energy transmitted by electric currents.

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