Analysis of Personal Energy Consumption and Impact Assessment of Conservation Practices

  • Fossil reserves provide the bulk of energy—regardless of sector—in the United States.  A recent focus on resource depletion and climate change has motivated technology development geared toward alternative resource utilization.  In parallel, it is important to consider the current paradigm of energy usage that has given rise to the inequity of resource availability and consumption.  Moving forward, resource conservation must play an integral role, particularly in sectors with a high demand for carbon, in achieving energy and resource sustainability. Engineering courses in renewable energy are often taught from a technologist's perspective and focus on how emerging technology serves to enable alternative resource utilization or minimize fossil resource consumption.  This module is intended to lay the foundation for such a course by grounding students in the present energy landscape and providing a basic, technical framework for quantifying personal footprints in the context of national averages.
  • Jesse Bond
Learning Resource Type:
  • Community – Wiki
  • Engineering – General, Science
  • College Senior – Graduate
Media Type:
  • Document
  • Energy Sustainability
  • Energy Conservation
  • Renewable Energy
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Publication Date:
  • May 2015