ENERGE Teaching Modules

UNIT 1

Using students’ homes and classrooms as real-world laboratories this UNIT 1 – My Energy Diary  introduces the topic of personal energy consumption in the home and in the classroom and gives a real-world context to ideas about energy conservation and be aware of energy efficient solutions for the home. Activities included this unit aim to enable students to calculate their personal energy consumption, convert between physical and domestic units of energy, work out the energy efficiency of common common appliances and extract relevant information from a home utility bill and apply a monetary value to energy consumption in kWh. Students also have the opportunity to draw and interpret energy transfer diagrams and Students will develop their energy literacy developing their data analysing, problem-solving, decision making, critical thinking and numeracy skills. The activities in this unit have been informed by the ENERGE Energy Literacy Framework

Table 1. Curriculum links
Table 2. Framework links
Table 3. Skils & competencies
Activity 1Activity 2Activity 3Activity 4Activity 5Activity 6Activity 7

Activity 1 – Stop electricity from leaking

Activity 1 – Stop electricity from leaking

Mapping Activity 1 to ENERGE Energy Literacy Framework
This activity explores the topic of “leaking electricity” or “phantom loading”. Students use watt meters to measure and tabulate power readings for appliances operating in (a) on mode and (b) standby mode. Students calculate energy consumption due to phantom loading in (i) kWh and (ii) the annual cost per kWh. Students graph their data and answer a number of questions. Students offer recommendations for reducing leaking electricity in their homes and classrooms.
This activity is licensed under a creative commons licence (CC. BY 3.0) and has been adopted from the following original source: Srividya Durga Kota et al 2019 Phys. Educ. 54 015007. Permission has been granted to ENERGE by the authors to promote this activity

Activity 2 – Calculating the cost of energy in the home

Activity 2 – Calculating the cost of energy in the home


In this activity, students use historical energy consumption data for a sample household to calculate the total daily, monthly and annual power output and energy consumed for a range of appliances. Students apply a monetary value to the energy consumption  using price per unit kVA (and kWh). Students will compare the costs of off-peak energy use with peak time costs.  In part B of this activity, students can carry out a mathematical exercise where they use the transformer formula to solve a real world problem. The purpose of the exercise is to ensure pupils can  manipulate the equation for primary and secondary coils and understand the theory behind it. Part B is optional.
This activity was developed by Lycée Gaudier-Brzeska for the STi2D curriculum in France. Permission has been granted to ENERGE by Lycée Gaudier-Brzeska to promote this activity

Activity 3

Activity 3 – Calculating the cost of energy in the community

In this activity students calculate the total energy consumed by common household devices as well as larger municipal systems in kWh. Students gain an understanding of energy efficiency and can determine the potential savings in cost associated with the instillation of more energy efficient lighting solutions for the community. This activity was developed by Lycée Gaudier-Brzeska for the STi2D curriculum and is being promoted as part of the ENERGE project.
This activity was developed by Lycée Gaudier-Brzeska for the STi2D curriculum in France. Permission has been granted to ENERGE by Lycée Gaudier-Brzeska to promote this activity