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Explore the Florida Museum’s newest permanent exhibit Our Energy Future. It is full of tips about reducing energy use at home and hands-on activities. Learn about alternative energy sources, the rooftop solar array that powers part of the Museum and more. Bring the entire family to experience this fun and engaging exhibit.

  • Digital Playground 
    With the touch of a finger, explore ways to conserve energy and save money at home using a computer interactive. Learn how your home energy use compares to your neighbors’, check out what area residents are doing to save energy and make a commitment to lower your energy use.
  • Giant Abacus Table 
    This giant chart reveals the top eight uses of energy in a typical home in North Central Florida. Rate yourself using the abacus and discover where you can reduce your energy consumption.
  • Choose your Lighting 
    You can save energy and money by using efficient lighting. Discover the best and most energy efficient ways to light your home through this interactive component.
  • Power Strip Savings 
    Did you know if you plug appliances into a power strip and turn it off when not in use, you can save 5-10 percent on your electric bill? Find out what other steps you can take to conserve energy.
  • Solar Panel 
    Take a close-up look at photovoltaic solar panels like those used on homes, businesses and other structures.
  • Thermostat Savvy 
    Did you know heating and cooling use about 35 percent of household energy? Learn more about energy use through this touchscreen interactive.

  • In 2010 the University of Florida installed a 75 kW solar array on the Museum’s roof. The system produces about 8 percent of the power consumed by the Museum.
  • The U.S. ranks first in the world for energy consumption per capita. Americans use 8.35 tons of oil equivalent, the amount of energy released by burning 1 ton of oil, per person. In Florida, most energy is used for air-conditioning in summer and heating in winter. Homes in Florida use 6 percent of the electricity produced in the U.S.
  • Most electronics draw power even when “off.” The biggest offenders are TVs, DVRs, cable/satellite boxes and laptop computers.
  • Adjusting your thermostat one degree higher in the summer and lower in the winter may reduce energy cost by 4 percent.
  • Making cans from recycled aluminum uses 95 percent less energy than using raw materials.
  • Each person in the U.S. produces 4½ pounds of garbage a day.
  • Within six months, 99 percent of the items we harvest, mine, process and transport are thrown away.