Lesson 1 - Energy and its Source

Topics:

Energy; Fossil fuels; Nuclear power; Solar energy; Wind; Hydroelectric power; Evaluating energy sources; Measuring energy

Learning Objectives:
– Define energy and list several potential energy sources
– Explain how fossil fuels developed and how they are extracted from the earth.
– Explain, in simple terms, how uranium produces energy.
– List at least one advantage and one disadvantage of each of the following: oil, natural gas, coal, solar power, wind energy, and hydroelectric
   power.
– Tell how heat and temperature are measured (what units).


Lesson 2 - Why the Energy Crisis

Topics:

History of energy use; Fossil fuel reserves; Alternative and synthetic fuels; Gas and oil from coal; Nuclear fuels; Geothermal energy; Biomass

Learning Objectives:
– Define the fossil fuel age and list the energy sources that made it possible.
– Name some of the factors that contributed to the greatly increased use of fossil fuels in the past century.
– Describe the outlook for fossil fuel availability in the next century.
– Give examples of current efforts to develop alternative sources of oil and gas.
– Identify potential sources of future energy and describe their present limitations.


Lesson 3 - Energy Consumption and Loss

Topics:

Using fuel to generate electricity; Energy loss; Effects of climate on energy use; Degree-days; Cost of saving energy; ROI and payback period

Learning Objectives:
– Tell why generating electricity is an inefficient use of energy and what characteristics of electricity justifies this inefficiency.
– Compare energy use in the three categories of energy consumers.
– Explain degree-days and how they are used?
– State why a building's HVAC system is a good place to start looking for potential energy savings.
– Tell how to calculate the payback period of an energy conservation plan.


Lesson 4 - Practical Conservation Measures

Topics:

Recognizing and correcting energy waste in buildings, mechanical, and electrical systems; Energy conservation examples

Learning Objectives:
– Recognize energy waste conditions in building structures.
– Name at least three factors that affect boiler and furnace efficiency.
– Give examples of energy waste in a building's mechanical system and how it might be eliminated.
– Explain peak demand and why it is important in electricity costs.
– Tell how computer monitoring and control can be used to save energy and lower utility costs.


Lesson 5 - Conducting an Energy Audit

Topics:

Audit tools; Sample energy audit; Fuel usage information; Building, equipment data; Conservation opportunities

Learning Objectives:
– Name and describe the six segments of a detailed energy audit.
– Define a mini-audit and tell when it might be used.
– List the tools required for an energy survey of any building.
– Record the data necessary to make up an energy audit.
– Explain the procedure for assigning priorities to energy-saving projects.