Highlights:Students explore the energy story of heat pumps and air conditioners then consider implications for energy equity and climate justice
Summary:The energy we use to heat and cool our living spaces represents a majority of home energy use in the US. Expanding access to these energy technologies is a major driver of greenhouse gas emissions but it can also be a matter of life and death during extreme heat events. In this activity students construct diagrams which represent the energy story for electric furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioners. When students have developed a scientific understanding of these devices they research and discuss equity and justice issues associated with their use in specific communities which are vulnerable to extreme heat events. .
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