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Author

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, Hudson Valley & Eastern NY

Format

YouTube Video

Better Comfort With Heat Pumps in NY

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Synopsis
  • This video highlights a homeowner's experience with heat pumps, how this appliance can decrease energy costs, and the heat pumps' effectiveness at maintaining desired home temperatures.
  • Students will learn that homeowners can buy less fuel oil if they have heat pumps installed, that heat pump installation can be completed within a day, and that this appliance can provide more consistent heating and cooling than conventional A/C systems.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video is nuanced, concise, and well-produced.
  • The narrator's point of view and discussion about his heat pump's impact on his toddler's sleep quality is a story that people may not otherwise consider when thinking about heating and cooling homes.

Additional Prerequisites

  • An advertisement may play before the video starts.
  • It may be beneficial if students have an intermediate understanding of heat pumps and how they reduce carbon emissions.

Differentiation

  • This video can fit within a larger unit on various green technologies and their growing importance.
  • Students can research and discuss multiple strategies for making a home carbon-neutral.
  • Students can analyze the heat pump rebate the narrator mentioned and discuss other incentives and assistance that can encourage people to make changes that help the environment.
  • Students can research the rate of heat pump adoption in the United States.
  • Language arts students can write persuasive pieces encouraging others to install heat pumps.
Scientist Notes
The video illustrates that heat pumps are crucial for heating and cooling homes. Being more dependable and environmentally benign gives it a competitive edge over energy produced from fossil fuels.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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