No Electricity? No Problem!

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Updated on Jan 17, 2013

Grade Level: 9th - 12th; Type: Environmental Science


Design a livable building without electricity.

The goals of this project are:

  1. To design an electricity-free home.
  2. To build a scale model of the design.

Research Questions:

  • How do people heat and light their homes without electricity?
  • How do you use washing machines and computers in homes without electricity?
  • What do people do for entertainment in electricity-free homes?
  • How do people cook or refrigerate food in electricity-free homes?

The electric power bill may be expensive, but we can't live without electricity. Or can we? This project calls for you to design a comfortable, fully functional electricity-free home.


  • Computer with Internet access
  • Color printer
  • Digital camera
  • Typical office/hobby/hardware/craft supplies (paper, poster board, glue, etc.).

Experimental Procedure

  1. Carefully study the related literature (see bibliography below).
  2. Address all of the terms and research questions mentioned here.
  3. Search and print out interesting images relevant to your topic.
  4. Take interesting photos throughout the course of the experiment.
  5. Design a livable home without electricity. Consider necessities, comforts and entertainment.
  6. Build a scale model of your design.
  7. Explain and illustrate your design in a detailed report.
  8. Include graphics, charts, diagrams and models in your science fair display.

Terms/Concepts: Alternative energy sources; Eco-Village; Solar paneling


Judee Shipman is a Bay Area Educational Consultant and professional writer of quality educational materials. Her recent writing credits include (a popular and entertaining website about states), and a book called The Portable Chess Coach (Cardoza, 2006), currently available in stores.

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