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Project: Energy Audit

Figure from experiment 3 from Renewable Energy with Vernier


We all use energy to turn on lights, heat and cool our homes, get to school, and power our electronics. In the United States, a majority of the use of energy is concentrated in three sectors: residential, commercial, and transportation. The residential sector includes energy used in places like houses and apartments. The commercial sector includes energy used in public places like office buildings, schools, and hospitals. Energy used in the transportation sector includes the gasoline and fuel used to drive cars and fly planes.

Conducting an energy audit will allow you to better understand how much energy is used by the devices in your home and classroom. Based on this information, brainstorm ways to reduce the amount of energy you use.


  • Measure electricity usage by several devices in your classroom and at home.
  • Make a plan for how you will conduct a home energy audit.
  • Calculate energy usage per person in your home.
  • Consider ways to conserve energy at home and school.
  • Determine ways your classroom, school, or home could become more efficient.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Experiment 3 from Renewable Energy with Vernier Lab Book

<i>Renewable Energy with Vernier</i> book cover

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