cfl Energy Saving Survey - Chart - Take Action Activity

"Overall, many Americans are ready, willing and able to save energy at home and on the road. Many others are ready and willing, but need some help," said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change and lead investigator on the survey. "A national strategy to conserve energy and invest in energy efficiency will find the American people a willing partner." Americans Eager to Save Energy If Actions are Affordable, Environmental News Service. Jan.14, 2009.

1. Survey your class.

How often do you do the following things:

  • Turn off the lights when they are not needed
  • In the winter, set the thermostat to 68 degrees or cooler.
  • In the summer, set the thermostat to 76 degrees or warmer, or use less air conditioning.
  • Use public transportation or car pool.
  • Walk or ride a bike instead of driving.
  • Add one more energy saving behavior - your choice.

2. Compile the responses.

What are your findings?


3. Examine this chart Figure 2: Energy-Conservation Actions.
Compare the findings for your class with the survey's findings.

chart showing energy use
Saving Energy at Home and on the Road

4. Which behavior has the most support?


Which has the least?


Based on these results, what kind(s) of energy-related behaviors are people most likely to change?


Use it:

You are a member of a committee that is working to lower electric costs at school.
You will be conducting a campaign to decrease the school's energy use. This will save money that can then be used for other things like hands-on science supplies.

* Brainstorm - make a list of energy-related actions people can take.

* Select an energy related action that the group should make the focus of the campaign.
Avoid using the behaviors listed in the survey. There are many energy related behaviors - consider several of them.

* Explain your choice.

* How would you encourage people to make the change?

* Make some suggestions about the campaign.


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