Have fun learning how to design your space while being kind to the environment!
|Say It with Style||If Only I Could Have||Everyone Walks Between Me and TV||What a Deal||Would It Be Wood?||Finish It with Fabric||Stash My Stuff||Taking Care of Things||Why Clean?|
|Finishing the Look||Showcasing Your Favorites||Lights On||A Little Privacy, Please||Ideas for Accessories|
|Energy to Burn?||Energy to Save||Use Natural Resources Wisely||Down the Drain||The Sunny Side||The Windy Side of Energy||Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink||Our Global Footprint|
Success Indicator: You will understand how the sun's energy can be used to heat homes and water to reduce energy to heat homes and water to reduce energy use from fossil fuels.
Life Skills Practiced: problem-solving, decision making, critical thinking, planning/organizing, and wise use of resources
Project Skills Practiced: identifying how homes are positioned on lots to take advantage of the sun's energy.
Activity 2: Go Surf
Search the Internet for information on active and passive solar systems for homes. For more ideas, search the Internet at .gov and .edu sites for solar and passive solar information. Here are some places to start:
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
- The Energy Story - Chapter 15: Solar Energy
- Solar Energy International (SEI): For Older Kids
- U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Building Technologies Program
- Energy Information (EIA): Energy Kids Page
- Green Energy Ohio: Passive Solar Home Design Checklist (105 KB PDF)
- U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Passive Solar Design for the Home (220 KB PDF)
- U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Passive Solar Energy (240 KB PDF)
- Energy Information Administration (EIA): Kids: Solar Energy
- Northeast Sustainable Energy Association