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A House of the Future

Problem

How could renewable energy sources be used in a house?

Devise a Plan

1. Consider what you learned about renewable energy sources. Use what you

learned to design a house that operates entirely on renewable energy sources.

Focus on three major needs: (1) heating and cooling; (2) hot water; and (3)

electricity.

2. Think about the following issues:

What renewable sources of energy are available?

Solar Energy, hydropower, wind power.

Which sources could be used to supply a household’s needs?

Solar energy, wind power.

How could each source be used?

Heating and cooling: solar energy can be used for air conditioners, wind power can be used for fans, and
solar can use the heat from the sun to heat your house.

Hot Water: solar energy can use the heat from the sun to heat water.

Electricity: both solar and wind power can be used to create electricity by using the sun and wind.

Where would the home have to be located to use each source?

To use the solar power, the house would have to be somewhere sunny. To use the wind power, the
house would have to be somewhere windy. Like Southern California.

What equipment would be needed? Where would this equipment be located?

To use the solar power, you would need solar panels placed in a place the gets lots of sun, like a roof or
a field. To use wind power, you would need a windmill put in a place that gets lots of wind, like a field.

What backup systems should be included?

You could include a hand crank generator to create power in an emergency.


3. On a separate sheet of paper, draw your designs for a renewable-energy house.

Label your drawings to identify the energy sources you used and to explain how

each system works.

1. Which renewable energy sources did you use in your home?

In my home I used solar power and wind power.

2. What are the advantages of using renewable energy sources instead of fossil fuels?

When you use renewable energy sources you help the environment, by not adding carbon dioxide to the
atmosphere.

3. Which renewable energy sources did you not include in your designs? Why

didn’t you use them?

I did not include hydropower because to get the most wind power and solar power I put my house in a
place with not very much water.

4. Do you think people in the future will have homes like the ones you

designed? Why or why not?

I think they will because right now people are starting to use these renewable power sources and put
them in or on their homes.