Energy Use Investigation 6.3:

Power Failure

The light goes out unexpectedly. Did the light bulb burn out? A peek out the window shows that all the lights in the neighborhood are out. Earthqvuake? Lightning? Flood? Equipment failure? Human error? All of those factors can lead to electric power outages. Some outages last for moments, some much longer. Imagine a major disaster that leaves your town without electric power for a whole week.

• How would your life be different each day?

• What conveniences would you do without?

• What energy sources would you use in place of electricity?

Write a story about “A week without energy,” possibly in the form of a diary or journal. The story should tell about how your life was disrupted by the loss of electrical power, and how you coped with it.