Examining Your Community’s Source of EnergyExamining Your Community’s Source of Energy



Examining Your Community’s Source of Energy

It is easy to criticize society for not using renewable resources, but in reality, how
difficult would this transition be? What processes and procedures would be
involved? How would such a transition be made?

The purpose of this assignment is for you to consider what type of energy your
neighborhood is currently powered by and what it would really take to convert this
source to a renewable one. How much would it take to switch your community to a
renewable resource and what would this mean for the environment?

For the assignment, complete the following:

Identify three primary types of energy that powers your home as well as all of the
homes in your community. You may find this information on your community Web
site or the Web sites of the local power companies. For example, your community
may use electricity and solar panels.

Explain how the sources of energy you identified impact the environment. Consider
the following:

Does the use of these types of energy resource have a negative impact on the
environment in your area?

Does your community have nuclear waste to dispose of?

Has your community always used these three power sources? If so, how do you
feel this has impacted the environment over time?

How much of an impact have these sources of energy had on local air and water

Considering the current source(s) of power available, determine how much energy
your house uses each month. You can find this information on your monthly
energy bill.

Calculate your annual usage for a year. Using this value, estimate the energy
consumption for your community. The US Census Bureau is one resource you can
(monthly energy usage) x (12 months per year): (household energy usage per

(yearly energy estimate for your house) x (estimated number of houses in your
community) : (estimated yearly energy use for your community)

The following is an example of the above calculation:

52.8 kilowatt hours (kwh) per month x 12 months : 633.6 kwh;

633.6 kwh x 200 houses in your community : 126,720 kwh

Recommend a realistic, renewable resource to power your community, using your
calculated power needs. Consider the following sources: hydropower, solar power,
wind turbines, and geothermal energy.

Which source would be the best for your community?

Justify your choice based on the kind of resources that are available, how much
power these alternative sources can produce, and your estimated energy demands
for the com m unity.

Having recommended an alternative power source, conclude by addressing the

How realistic is this alternative power source for your community?

How will people in your community res pond to energy conversion? Will they
support it or be against it? Give reasons.

How expensive would it be to convert to the alternative power source you
recommended? How would this new source impact the environment?

What organisms would benefit most from this conversion?

Support your statements with appropriate examples and approximately 4-6
credible resources.