Resources: U.S. Department of Energy: http://www.energysavers.gov http://energy.gov U.S. Energy Info

Resources:
U.S. Department of Energy:
http://www.energysavers.gov
http://energy.gov

U.S. Energy Information Administration:
http://205.254.135.7

State energy profiles provided by the U.S.E.I.A.:
http://www.eia.gov/state

National Renewable Energy Laboratory:
http://www.nrel.gov

Energy4Me:
http://www.energy4me.org/energy-facts/energy-sources

Your Assignment should be written in an essay format, with an introduction and conclusion. The paper will require you to include details from research including the course materials and sources you locate on your own. Use APA format to cite your sources of information, both within parenthetical citations and also within a reference page at the end of the project.
Your paper should include all of the following parts.
Assess your own energy use: What forms of energy do you currently rely on and where do they originate from? Be sure to consider the energy that you use at home, during travel, and at work or in school. Include at least five specific examples. Consider whether each energy source is renewable or nonrenewable.
Using the provided materials, determine which renewable sources of energy would be the most and least appropriate for use in your chosen location. Be sure to discuss the energy form identified by your instructor as well as two other forms of renewable energy, for a total of three forms of renewable energy. Explain how you arrived at your decisions. For example, you may find that solar energy is not a potential resource due to seasonal changes making sunlight inconsistently available throughout the year.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the energy sources you currently rely on as well as the three renewable energy sources you identified above. Include both the economic (costs/benefits) and ecological impacts of each.
Describe how technological advancements have facilitated the implementation of renewable energy technology. Be sure to examine how technology has influenced our ability to generate and distribute renewable energy to a broader consumer base over time.
In addition to using alternative forms of energy, energy conservation is also a significant way in which ecological impacts can be reduced on the environment. Determine areas where you may already practice energy conservation and also identify at least three ways in which you can reduce your energy use at home, work, or in other areas you engage in on a regular basis.
A template for the Unit 4 assignment is provided. You are welcome to modify this template to suit your needs, being sure to meet the Assignment requirements. Review the rubric for this assignment in the syllabus and the scoring guide for this assignment in Doc Sharing.

Basic Writing Expectations:
At least 750–1000 words not counting the title or reference pages
Include a title page, double space, font size 10 or 12
Include a highly developed viewpoint/thesis, purpose, and exceptional content
Demonstrate superior organization: use logic
Free of grammar and spelling errors
No evidence of plagiarism
Use the APA style for all citations

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