Look at conservation case studies about topics that are important in our homes and communities.
Through case study inquiries, students will focus on one of three conservation topics, sharing what they’ve learned with the rest of the class.
In Canada, EnerGuide® labels help consumers understand the energy use of major appliances. This allows people to compare the efficiency of different makes and models of appliance.
In the past, most utility companies used electromechanical meters to measure the amount of electricity consumed by a household or business. These meters measure the energy used in kilowatt-hours and the utility bills the customer for every kilowatt-hour used. Electromechanical meters only capture the total energy consumption.
For people to make informed decisions about their use of electricity, though, they need specific and real-time information about how much they’re using.
Smart meters accurately measure a household’s energy use throughout the day and periodically transmit the data to utility companies. They can also measure the amount of power a household may produce.
Having this detailed information enables the utility to more effectively manage the supply of energy based on demand, which leads to efficiencies and cost savings. The information also creates opportunities for customers and communities to generate their own power from clean sources, such as solar panels, wind, biomass and geothermal generation, which can be sold back to the utility.
Energy conservation means using less energy by changing our behaviours. Energy conservation actions have a positive impact on the future. Students will come up with many ideas to save energy. Some Power Smart tips include:
Our everyday choices and actions impact the environment. We can make a difference by taking action for a sustainable energy future.
Discover how to assess the risks in a science experiment.
Learn how to identify and use additional perspectives and knowledge.
What important ideas can we learn from water about building harmonious relationships?
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