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Energy Education

Energy Education Program Series for Families
Spring 2009

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Become a Sherlock “Homes” Energy Detective:  Discover Home Energy Losses &
Uncover Home Energy Savings

 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Monday, January 26
~ at Portage Lake District Library ~

Got heat loss?  Leaks?  Unwanted cold air?  Come to the first in a series of four programs about Energy Education from 6:30-8:00 pm, Monday, January 26. All are invited to attend the Become a  Sherlock “Homes” Energy Detective: Discover Home Energy Losses & Uncover Home Energy Savings  program in the community room of the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton. Following the 40-minute presentation, fun hands-on activity stations will be set up around the library for children and families to investigate home energy:  measuring energy use of different household items using a Kill-o-Watt meter, testing insulation properties of different materials, comparing the light and heat produced by regular light bulb and an energy-saving light bulb, and more. 

The Energy Education series at the Portage Lake District Library (January-April calendar posted at www.wupcenter.mtu.edu ) is coordinated by the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and Michigan Technological University with funding from the Michigan Energy Office and Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO).

For more information, contact the library at 482-4570 or the Western U.P. Center (Lloyd Wescoat at lwescoat@mtu.edu  or call 487-3341).  Library events and presentations are free and open to the public.

Agenda PDF

6:30 pm     Become a Sherlock “Homes” Energy Detective: 
Discover Home Energy Losses & Uncover Home Energy Savings

with Kristine Bradof, Community Programs Coordinator
 GEM Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at Michigan Tech.

Discover the many ways YOU can cut energy losses in your home and save money. Get your kids in on the challenge of finding leaks and turning off lights! 
A variety of energy-saving items will be displayed and raffled off at the end of the night (one free ticket per person!).

7:15 pm    Hands-On Activity Stations - Children & Parents   (15 minutes each)

(1)  Inspector Gadget – use a Kill-o-Watt meter to measure energy use of library items
(2)  Keep It Hot, Keep It Cold – compare insulating properties of different materials
(3)  Draft-o-Meter– measuring air leaks
(4)  Watt’s on Your Mind– measuring light and temperature of different light bulbs
(5)  Homeowner’s Energy-Saving Treasure Chest 

8:00 pm     Raffle   (please complete an evaluation form before you leave!)

Everyone is invited to attend library events free of charge!

Calendar of Energy Education Program Series ~ Jan-April 2009 www.wupcenter.mtu.edu  

Hosted by Portage Lake District Library
Coordinated by the Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and
Michigan Technological University with funding from the Michigan Energy Office and Upper Peninsula Power Co.