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Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum
Home Energy Use

Author:

  • Josh Cowden
    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Michigan Tech

Advisors:

  • Dr. Neil Hutzler
    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Michigan Tech
  • Heather Luoto
    Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science Mathematics and Environmental Education (Engadine)
  • Kristine Bradof
    Center for Science & Environmental Outreach
    Michigan Tech
  • Linda Rulison
    Hancock Middle School

Production:

Tech Alive

  • Animation and Web Design:
    Dr. Susan E. Hill
    Michigan Tech
  • Web Layout:
    Peter Radecki
  • Production Management:
    Dr. Martin T. Auer
    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Michigan Tech

This web page was developed under a grant awarded to the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Ms. Shawn Oppliger, Center Director and Project Coordinator
Ms. Joan Chadde, Center Education Program Coordinator and Project Coordinator
Mr. Thomas M. Occhipinti, MDEQ Environmental Education Coordinator and Grant Administrator

Media Credits

Title Page: Home Energy Use

  • Light Bulb illustration: Microsoft Clipart.
  • House thermal image: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Used with permission.

Types of Energy in the Home

  • Lightening Bolt illustration: Microsoft Clipart.
  • Match illustration: Microsoft Clipart.
  • Upper Midwest Conventional Energy Use Map illustration: Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy. Used with permission.
  • Upper Midwest Renewable Energy Potential Map illustration: Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy. Used with permission.

Electricity

  • Electric Plug illustration: Microsoft Clipart.
  • Electrical Energy Source illustration: Lower Colorado River Authority. Used with permission.

Solar Energy

  • Nature House photo: Wayne Appleyard, DOE/NREL.
  • Urban Option House photo: Patrick Hudson, DOE/NREL.

Wind and Geothermal Energy

  • Small Image of Home with Windmill: Jim Green, DOE/NREL.
  • Medium Image of Home with Windmill: Jim Green, DOE/NREL.
  • Heat Pump Pipe photo: Robert R. Jones - Oklahoma State University, DOE/NREL.
  • Heat Pump Unit photo: John Barlean- Northwest Public Power District, DOE/NREL.

Biomass/Gas and Oil Energy

  • Wood Stove photo: Canterbury City Council, New South Wales, Australia. Used with permission.
  • Propane Tank photo: Clean Fueling Technologies, DOE/NREL.
  • Wood Pile illustration: Province of Nova Scotia. Used with permission.
  • Home Oil Delivery illustration: Province of Nova Scotia. Used with permission.

Classes of Energy Use in the Home

  • Home Energy Use Pie Chart illustration: Public domain image from the U. S. Government.

Home Heating

  • Home Heating Methods Chart illustration: Josh Cowden. Data from DOE.

Water Heating

  • Hot Water Usage Chart illustration: Josh Cowden. Data from DOE.

Lighting

  • Incandescent Bulbs photo: Public domain.
  • Fluorescent Lamp illustration: Roger Taylor, DOE/NREL.

Appliances

  • Annual Appliance Cost Chart illustration: DOE Energy Savers. Used with permission.
  • EnergyGuide Label illustration: DOE Energy Savers. Used with permission.

Air Conditioning

  • Air Conditioner animation: © 2004 State of Michigan.
  • Evaporative Cooling photo: Warren Gretz, DOE/NREL.

Entertainment

  • Computer illustration: Microsoft Clipart.
  • Joystick illustration: Microsoft Clipart.
  • Stereo illustration: Public domain.

Home Energy Loss 1

  • Warm Air thermal image: FLIR Systems. Used with permission.
  • Cool Air thermal image: Paul Torcellini, DOE/NREL.
  • Sources of Home Air Leaks Chart illustration: Josh Cowden. Data from DOE.

Home Energy Loss 2

  • Dryer illustration: Microsoft Clipart.
  • Refrigerator illustration: Microsoft Clipart.
  • Light Bulb illustration: Microsoft Clipart.

Home Energy Efficiency

  • Home Efficiency animation: © 2004 State of Michigan. Illustrations from Microsoft Clipart.

The Michigan Home

  • Electricity Consumption Chart illustration: Josh Cowden. Data from DOE.
  • Light Bulb Calculator animation: © 2004 State of Michigan.

Home Energy Audit

  • House thermal image: Paul Torcellini, DOE/NREL.
  • Light Bulb illustration: Microsoft Clipart.

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