It's Our Air - 3-2 Introduction to Solutions and Home Energy Choices It's Our Air - Home About Curriculum Quick Index Teacher Tips FAQ Contact DOWNLOAD ELECTRICITY USE CARDS PERSONAL CHOICES AT HOME TO PREVENT AIR POLLUTION ACTIVITY Students explore how personal choices related to energy usage can reduce air pollution and save money. They calculate the emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides due to the use of electricity and natural gas by a homeowner, then evaluate the effectiveness of different strategies to reduce those emissions, including changing behavior and increasing efficiency through home renovations and/or new energy-efficient appliances. ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS: What choices can I make that will prevent air pollution? Are personal actions necessary and/or suf cient to help solve environmental problems related to air pollution? TIME NEEDED: This activity will take about one block period (90 minutes) for AP and Honors earth science classes (assuming they do Part A as homework the night before). For academic earth science classes, doing Parts A-D in class will take about two block periods (180 minutes). MATERIALS: MATERIALS LIST Video: Energy Choices (included) Calculators Sample electric bill (included) Sample natural gas bill (included) Home energy use data (included) Calculators Worksheets (included) TOPICS: combustion’s relationship to air pollution, air pollution regulations, air pollution reduction strategies, electricity generation, energy efficiency TYPES: critical thinking, data analysis NC ESSENTIAL STANDARDS for Earth/Environmental Science: EEn.2.5.5 Explain how human activities affect air quality. CE.PFL.1 Analyze the concepts and factors that enable individuals to make informed financial decisions for effective resource planning. If you are only doing this activity, and not the others in Module 2, you may want to show the 2-3 Forecasting Air Quality Video to your students after they do this activity. DOWNLOAD VIDEO FILE INTRODUCTION TO SOLUTIONS & HOME ENERGY CHOICES VIDEO This video Introduces the three major strategies for finding solutions to air pollution: personal choices, regulation, and technology. It briefly reviews how electricity is generated and the history of how our energy is produced in North Carolina. Then it focuses on how our personal home energy choices and the impact they can have on air pollution, focusing on improving energy efficiency and using less energy. Video downloads are able to display subtitles. We recommend using VLC media player for optimal playback of subtitles. HOME ENERGY CHOICES - TEACHER TO TEACHER TIPS The quick video below has tips for doing this activity from Mark Townley, an award-winning, North Carolina high school teacher. Mark helped develop It’s Our Air and has used each of these activities with his students. BACK TO CURRICULUM PAGE OTHER MODULE 3 (AIR POLLUTION PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS) ACTIVITIES AND VIDEOS 3-1 Scientific Literacy and Air Quality 3-2 Introduction to Solutions & Home Energy Choices (this activity) 3-3 Driving Choices & Calculating Car Emissions 3-4 Regulations: Clean Air Act & NC Clean Smokestacks Act 3-5 Research and Action Follow It's Our Air on Facebook N.C. Division of Air Quality N.C. Air Awareness Program CONTACT THE NC AIR AWARENESS PROGRAM • Mailing Address: 1641 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1641 • Physical Address: 217 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 • Phone: 919-707-8400 • FAX: 919-707-0718 • Email Us: email@example.com MISSION • The North Carolina Air Awareness Program is a public outreach and education program of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality. The primary goal of the program is to reduce air pollution through voluntary actions by individuals and organizations.