Watt Meters to Measure Energy Consumption

It used watt amount of energy? This resource investigates the power usage of small household appliances. Using a watt meter, groups measure the actual wattage used by an appliance and then calculate the energy used daily. 

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Concepts

Instructional Ideas

  • Determine the cost to run individual appliances for a month
  • Calculate the savings if appliances were unplugged when not in use
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires extension cords and small appliances
  • Teacher will need watt meters to complete the activity
Pros

  • Activity engages the class
  • Comes with an online app to help calculate energy usage
  • Provides an extension that compares regular holiday lights and LED lights.
Cons

  • None
NGSS