Geography KS3/4: Saving energy

A number of families have been asked to reduce their gas and electricity energy usage by 30%.

Energy expert Lucy Conway suggests ways to reduce heat loss through adding extra insulation throughout the house and reducing water usage by using a shower timer.

Families are also advised to turn down the heating thermostat by one degree Celsius and add rugs to wooden floors to reduce conduction through concrete floors that are not insulated.

These ideas are used to calculate gas and electricity savings and amount of money saved overall.

We learn that small changes made in every household can have a large impact on the household budget.

Energy and Sustainability expert, Dr Alan Owen with Kate Humble present the final findings to the families.

This clip is from the series Save Your Energy.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 3

This could be used to support energy calculations.

Students could apply their numeracy skills to work out the overall household saving, checking their answers on the clip when they've finished.

Key Stage 4

After watching the clip, students could be asked for their ideas on ways to save money around school or at home.

They could take readings of gas and electricity meters and then calculate overall usage and cost.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at KS3 and GCSE in England and National 4/5 in Scotland. Appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA.

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