Energy Audit and Action

How much energy do you use on a day to day basis? How does your energy use impact our environment? 

Check out the activities below to assess the energy that you use and then take action to reduce our climate impacts. Energy use is focused on the three largest areas: Transportation, Thermal, and Electricity. You can then choose to look at, assess, and take action on a personal/household level, or partner with VEEP to make changes on a community or statewide level. 

You have a choice of Google Doc format (you will be prompted to make your own editable copy of the Google Doc when you click the link) and PDF. 

It is recommended that students do the activities within each section in the order presented.

Transportation

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Household 

What are your household’s transportation habits and how do they affect the environment?  How can you change the way you get around? Try the following activities to answer these questions and more

Audit and Action

  • Making sense of transportation: past, present, and future Google Doc PDF
    • Personal Transportation Audit- Audit your own transportation to decide how to change the impacts of your travel
  • My dream car: comparing miles per gallon (MPG) and costs Google Doc PDF
    • Compare different attributes and values considered when purchasing cars, Including how much gas is burned per mile of travel.

Community/State

Action:

Want to take a bigger look at transportation in your state, and consider improvements that you could be a part of to lower the emissions released from our travel? Check out some of these places to start. Google Doc PDF

Thermal

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Household 

How does the way you heat your home impact the environment?  How can you adjust your home and your habits?  Use these activities (basic or advanced versions) to check out your home’s thermal efficiency and what emissions from your home heating look like.  

Audit and Action:

Home heating and CO2:

Note for teachers: these activities are adapted from our Remote Learning Home Heat Transfer workshop.

Community/State Level

Action: Want to take a bigger look at thermal energy in your state, and consider improvements that you could be a part of to lower the emissions released from our heating? Check out some of these places to startGoogle Doc PDF

Electricity

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Household 

What items in your home use electricity?  How do you use them in a typical day?  How can you use less electricity in order to create less emissions? Use the first worksheet to take a look at energy and the appliances in your home. Use the second worksheet (Basic and Advanced versions) to compare different types of lighting and their energy use.  

Audit and Action

Home Appliance Assessment Google Doc PDF

Light Bulb Assessment:

Note for teachers: the Light Bulb Assessment is adapted from our Remote Learning Electricity and the Environment workshop.

Community/State Level

Action: Want to take a bigger look at electricity in your state, and consider improvements that you could be a part of to change how we use electricity and where it comes from? Check out some of these places to start: Google Doc PDF

Total Energy

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Full poster

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Looking for help with an energy project or have a different idea for how you want to change the impacts of the energy we use? Reach out to us for a (free) consultation! info@veep.org or info@nheep.org