What is energy management? When it comes to energy saving, energy management is the process of monitoring, controlling, and conserving energy. (taken from The What, Why, and How of Energy Management)
So why is energy management important? The big picture involves global conservation! We need to conserve energy in order to--
Now where do you fit into energy use and management? Think of all the ways you use energy daily--especially with the influx of technology (i.e. computers, laptops, iPads, Smartphones). What about your fuel consumption to heat or cool your home, maintain a comfortable work environment, drive your car, and/or use public transportation?
Thanks Lynne, your question is so appropriate considering the skyrocketing costs of gasoline! On a personal note, my husband I and commute to work together, almost every day...
This makes for a somewhat longer trip, (and leaving the house a bit earlier), but the miles that we save, wear and tear on vehicles and the gas consumption is definitely worth it, since our jobs are a good distance from home.
One great website that I was introduced to during one of the Thinkfinity professional development seminars is power up...
Students enjoy trying to build a city that is sensitive to energy consumption...they need to make responsible decisions about what kind of resources to incorporate and how much they really need to use for their city. Students are surprised by the impacts of their decisions and love the graphics.
I appreciate your comments. I certainly can understand why you and your husband commute to work together. I'm sure others may be doing more carpooling with transportation costs mounting.
Also, I agree with you that Power Up! is a wonderful interactive from Science NetLinks to engage students in higher level thinking skills and make them more sensitive to energy consumption. Thanks for sharing!