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a

acid rain
active solar heating system
aerobic digestion
air
air conditioner
air quality standards
alternating current (AC)
alternative fuels
ampere (amp)
anaerobic digestion
anthracite
appliance
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)
array
atmosphere
atom
awning

b

background radiation
base load
battery
bioconversion
biomass
boron
brine
British Thermal Unit (Btu)
by-product

c

calorie
capacity
capital costs
carbon dioxide (CO2)
carbon monoxide (CO)
catalytic converter
caulking
ceiling fan
cellulose
chain reaction
charcoal
chimney
chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)
circuit
climate
closed cycle
co-dry
co-firing
collector
combustion
comfort zone
compact fluorescent lightbulb
composting
conservation
corn stover
crustal rifting
cubic foot (of natural gas)
current (electrical)

d

dam
darrius wind machine
decommissioning
decomposition
dehumidifier
deregulation
desalination
diesel
diode
direct current (DC)
draft

e

efficiency
electric energy
electric power plant
electric vehicle
electrical charge
electrical circuit
electrical energy
electrical system
electrolysis
electromagnetic field (EMF)
element
emission
energy
energy crops
energy storage
enthalpy
ethanol
evaporation

f

fan
fault zone
fermentation
First Law of Thermodynamics
fission
fluorescent light
force
fossil fuel
fuel
fuel cell
fuel efficiency
fuel oil
fumarole
furnace

g

gamma ray
gas turbine
gasification
generator
geothermal energy
geothermal heat pump
geyser
gigawatt (GW)
global warming
greenhouse effect
greenhouse gasses
grid

h

half-life
heat
heat gain
heat loss
heat pump
heat sink
hertz
high level waste
hot spring
hydroelectric power plant
hydrogen
hydrothermal energy

i

idling
Industrial Revolution
infrastructure
insulation
ion

k

kilowatt (kW)
kilowatt-hour
kinetic energy

l

load
low level waste

m

magma
masonry
megawatt (MW)
methane
microorganisms
motor

n

natural gas
network
neutrons
Nitrogen Oxide (NOx)
nuclear energy
nuclei

o

off peak
oil
ozone

p

particulates
peak load
photon
photovoltaic cells (PV cells)
plutonium
pollutant
potential energy
power
protoplankton
pyrolysis

r

radiant energy
radiation
radionuclide
radon
recycling
renewable energy

S

Second Law of Thermodynamics
silicon
solar cell
solar energy
solar gain
spent fuel
spillway
stakeholder

t

temperate
thermal energy
thermal mass
tidal power
trading credits
turbine

u

underutilized
uranium

v

volcano
volt

w

water turbine
watt (W)
wave power
Weatherization Assistance Program
wind energy
wind velocity