Discussion Board 2

This is my chart.

Day 1

Thursday

(2/5/2015)

Lights – 5hours

Computers – 3hours

TV – 6 hours

Heating – off and on for entire day at 70 F

Drove to and from work (20 mins)

Cooking (1 hour)

Day 2

Friday

(2/6/2015)

Lights – 6hours

Computers- 3 hours

TV – 6 hours

Heating – off and on for entire day at 70F

Drove to and from work and went to visit friends (2 hours)

Cooking (30mins)

Day 3

Saturday

(2/7/2015)

Lights – 7 hours

Computers- 6 hours

TV – 10 hours

Heating – off and on for entire day at 75 F

Laundry – wash and dry

Ran errands and drove to visit family (2.5 hours)

Cooking (1 hour)

3- day cost estimate (optional)

Divide monthly bills (30-day cost) by 10 to get an average

$20.32

$18.00

$5.32

Once you have prepared your chart, you can look for ways to lessen your energy usage. Could you program your thermostat to go down to 63 F while no one is in the house? Do you leave TVs on all night? Does your TV have a timer to turn off automatically? Could you carpool, or do some of your errands on the way home from work so as to not have to make a separate trip? Could you combine your laundry and do it 1 day, saving electricity and water? Do you use incandescent light bulbs that could be exchanged for florescent or LED bulbs?

Remember, this is just a sample chart to get you thinking. You need to insert your household’s energy usage and customize this table as needed.

Save your chart, and present it with 300-500 words containing the following information:

  • Which primary energy source does your electric company use to generate electricity (coal, nuclear, renewables, etc.)?
    • Cite the source for this information.
  • What changes could you make to decrease your energy use?
  • What changes could you make to increase your energy efficiency?
  • Which changes will be most difficult for you to implement? Why do you think so?
 
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