Home Life, Energy
The other three weeks of the Home Energy Module study energy flow and usage in our homes. In the R-Factor activity, we observed that the material used in the construction of our homes has a tremendous impact on the rate at which heat flows through its exterior surfaces. In Home Audit and Home Analysis activities, we performed an energy audit of our homes to estimate the amount of money that it costs to power it. As you have seen during our studies, there are many factors that affect the cost of energy in our homes. The right choices of materials, appliances, heating and cooling system, and fuel source can greatly reduce the amount of money that you spend. The situation for most of us is that these decisions have already been made, since our homes have already been built and stocked with appliances and systems. For us, the question is "Can my home be modified so as to save energy and money?"