This week students learn about saving electricity with our water and space heating by investigating energy-efficient items, playing bingo to test their heat skills and taking a temperature challenge.
Heating water can use a lot of energy but there are some simple, inexpensive ways to conserve. Here are a few tips:
Space heating can account for 50% or more of your energy bills but there are some simple ways to save energy on your heating while still keeping warm. Here are some tips:
See here for more information on saving energy with DIY videos for winterizing your home.
A greater understanding of ways to save energy when it comes to heating empowers students to practice energy conservation and care for their near environment. With your help, we can foster a culture of Power Smart youth in British Columbia together.
We use energy in our daily lives in many ways. We use it to get to school, power our lights, cook our food, heat our homes and to make and transport goods. Some of our energy comes from clean renewable sources like the sun, wind and water. Fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) are also used as energy sources. They come from ancient plants and animals, and when burned, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and water vapour, trap heat from the sun and warm the Earth.
Choosing renewable energy sources helps reduce the impact of our energy use on the environment. In B.C., most electricity is generated from water, a clean and renewable source. Non-renewable energy sources have a greater impact on the environment than renewable energy sources. Burning fossil fuels for energy releases greenhouse gases and carbon into the environment that had previously been trapped underground.
Our "Temperature Smart" activities provide a link to the core competencies of the curriculum. The activities engage students in learning about ways to save energy with our electronics and how we can all participate in using less energy.
Relevant core competencies:
Personal & Social
The activities also connect to a variety of grade-specific curricular competencies and content in a variety of subjects including Science, and Applied Design, Skills and Technologies.