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Project: Energy Audit

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We all use energy to turn on lights, heat and cool our homes, get to school, and power our electronics. In the United States, energy consumption is broken down into four sectors: residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation.

  • Residential includes energy used in places like houses and apartment buildings
  • Commercial accounts for energy used in public spaces such as office buildings, schools, and hospitals
  • Industrial includes energy to grow and make goods such as food, cars, and buildings.
  • Transportation 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.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

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

Renewable Energy with Vernier

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Renewable Energy: Why is it So Important?
2What is Energy?
3Project: Energy Audit
4Voltage and Circuits
5Current and Resistors
6Mechanical Power
8Exploring Wind Turbines
9Effect of Load on Wind Turbine Output
10Blade Variables and Power Output
12Turbine Efficiency
13Power Curves
14Power and Energy
15Project: Maximum Energy Output
16Project: Build a Wind Farm
17Exploring Solar Panels
18AEffect of Load on Solar Panel Output
18BFill Factor and IV Curve of a Solar Panel
19Variables Affecting Solar Panel Output
20Effect of Temperature on Solar Panel Output
21Project: Build a Solar Charger
22Exploring Passive Solar Heating
23Variables Affecting Passive Solar Heating
24Exploring Solar Collectors
25Variables Affecting Solar Collectors
26Project: Solar Cooker

Experiment 3 from Renewable Energy with Vernier Lab Book

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