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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Video, 5 minutes, 56 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Interactive Media
  • Assessment

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States

Energy Conservation Methods

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  • This resource discusses a sometimes forgotten solution to climate change, energy conservation.
  • The video explains the importance of energy conservation and methods for conserving energy at a personal and societal level and there are practice questions to check for comprehension. 
Teaching Tips


  • The video provides ways for individuals and society to conserve energy.
  • The video uses graphs and diagrams to explain energy consumption data.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video uses data on the United States' energy consumption.
  • Students should be familiar with common energy sources and the ways we use electricity in daily life.


  • Science classes could use this video for lessons on energy consumption, energy conservation, or the environmental impacts of energy use.
  • Math, statistics, or science classes could use this video to practice reading and interpreting graphs and diagrams.
  • After watching this video, social studies classes could discuss personal action versus social action.
  • Civics classes could discuss current and potential energy conservation regulations or policies.
  • Economic classes could discuss the financial impacts of energy conservation on a micro and macro scale.
  • Other resources on this topic include this media literacy activity on the importance of corporate data transparency and this SubjectToClimate lesson plan on conserving energy.
Scientist Notes
This 6-minute video discusses strategies for reducing energy consumption, both on a household or residential level and within systems that make up our society, including the transportation, industrial, and commercial sectors. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

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  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
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      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
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