Energy Sources and Use

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Have you every wondered where the electricity you use everyday comes from? Use the resources on this student esheet to help you explore various energy sources—from fossil fuels to renewable energy.


To introduce this activity, go to and read Energy Story: Introduction on the Energy Quest website. This page introduces students to the concept of energy, and the importance of using energy resources wisely. As you read this page, pay attention to the list of energy sources. You'll discuss them in class.

Now go to Fossil Fuels. As you read this resource, think about your answers to these questions. You can record your answers on the Energy Sources & Use student sheet:

  • What are the major forms of fossil fuels?
  • How were fossil fuels formed?
  • How are these fuels collected?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of using fossil fuels?

To learn more about renewable energy, go to the Solstice Crest—Center for Renewable Energy Systems Technology site to read California and Renewables: FAQs. Scroll down the page to read:

  • What are the environmental benefits of renewable energy?
  • How much would it cost a household to do renewable energy?

Think about your answers to these questions as you read the reports. You can write your answers on the student sheet.

  • Why do these reports suggest that communities should begin to look at alternative energy resources?
  • What are the benefits of using renewable energy technologies?
  • Why aren't some renewable resources widely accepted today?
  • Which energy resource is cheaper in the short run? In the long run?
  • What is meant by the terms "environmental costs" and "social costs"? What are some examples of each?

You can use these resources to help you and your team research your energy system:

This esheet is a part of the Energy Sources and Use lesson.

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