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Saving Your Energy

How can we design our homes to reduce the energy that we use?

Students must create a solution for a more energy-efficient home which, in reducing how much energy is used, can promote a more sustainable future. They must design an energy-efficient house and prove through an experiment that the house design can reduce the amount of energy needed to keep it warm or cool.

 

To do this, students will need to use their knowledge of heat energy and how it is transferred or transformed within our houses  

 

Key tasks

 

  • Thermal insulation experiment. Students need to apply the principles of heat energy and thermal insulation to test the ability of different materials to retain and then repel heat 

  • House design. Students must design a home and apply heat-resistant and insulation materials to ensure the house can stay warm in winter and cool in summer and therefore use less heating and air conditioning. Students must test this against a control design to demonstrate that their design is more energy-efficient 

Key facts:

Curriculum information

Science - Physical Sciences – Energy and its forms; heat energy 

ACSSU155 | VCSSU104 | SC4-11PW

Duration

15 - 20 lessons

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