Energy Revealed FAQ’s

What is the difference between a 'grab and go' and 'inquiry and take action' learning activity?
Grab and go activities are those that are ready to go as if they were sitting on a shelf ready for you to grab and implement. These learning activities typically shorter in time (1-3 hours) and contain worksheets.  Inquiry and Take Action learning activities are based on our spiral inquiry method and offer an opportunity for students to explore the activity in a way that interests them. The activity ends with them doing something that requires them to take measurable action.
What is the difference between utility level and circuit level metering technology?
Utility level metering technology (like Carma) means that all of the school's data is being monitored as a whole. For example, you could see that your whole school is currently using 2000 kWh of electricity. Circuit level metering technology (like CircuitMeter, Eguage and PowerScout) means that the data relates to the circuits being monitored on the circuit breaker. This means that if you have an electrical outlet that is being monitored you could plug an electrical device in (like a spaceheater) turn it on, and the software would show how much energy that spaceheater is using. While you could have a whole school being monitored with circuit level technology, it is more common to only have a portion of the area being monitored.
What is a plug in energy meter?
Plug in energy meters are more commonly known as wattmeters. To use them you plug them into any electrical outlet and then you can plug any electrical device into it (spaceheater, microwave, fridge, etc) to measure the device's energy use. Watt meters are fairly inexpensive and come in a variety of types including TrickleStar and Kill A Watt meters.