How does the climate affect energy use at home?

frozen-thermometer-clip-art-441253Grade level: 4 – 5th grades

Skills: Circle graph (Compare 2 graphs)

Related environmental issues: Energy

Area level: Household

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The climate in Texas is warmer than most other areas of the United States and the climate in New York is cooler than most other areas of the United States. The two circle graphs below compare energy consumption of a typical household in Texas and New York.

  1. Which state uses more energy for space heating?

  2. Which state uses  more energy for air conditioning?
  3. For what purposes, does a typical household in Texas use energy the most?

Source: US Energy Information Administration

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Answer keys

  1. New York
  2. Texas
  3. appliances, electronics and lighting