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## There is Energy in the Wind!

The graph below shows real-time data for the Hayes Middle School wind turbine (hopefully
youve noticed it in front of our school). Study the graph and other information, and then

## 1. What range of dates is represented on this graph? _____________ to _______________

2. Using the graph, determine which dates produced the energy production totals
listed below:
Energy Production (kWh)
Less than 1 kWh

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1.1 kWh

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than 4 kWh

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3. How many total kilowatt-hours (kWh) of power were generated over the 16 days
represented on the graph? _____________________________
4. How many kilowatt-hours of power has the turbine generated since it was
installed? ______________________
5. How many pounds of Carbon Dioxide have been prevented from entering the
atmosphere as a result of the turbine? _______________________________
6. If the average electricity consumption in a Michigan household is 665 kilowatthours (kWh), and1 kWh costs 14.59 cents, how much does the average Michigan
family spend on electricity each month? Round to the nearest whole dollar. (Hint:
Multiply the average use by the cost per kilowatt-hour and then divide by 100 (since
there are 100 cents in one dollar).

7. Hayes Middle School spends approximately \$250 per day for energy (natural gas
and electricity). If a kWh costs 14.59 cents, how many kWh of energy does the
school use in a day? Be careful of the units, make sure to keep dollars and cents
straight. (Hint: Divide the cost per day, by cost of kWh, to find number of kWh)

## 8. Looking at the amount of energy generated since it was installed, approximately

how many days could the school run on just wind power? (Hint: Look at the answers
from numbers 4 and 7)

9. What could be done to increase the amount of energy generated by the wind
turbine?

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10. Using the diagram to the left, write a paragraph describing where energy
generated by the wind turbine originates from, and its path to your home or school.
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