• Location: h10 Fraser High School
  • Start Date: Thursday 18th Feb, 2021.
  • End Date: Thursday 8th Apr, 2021.
  • Time: 6.30 - 8.30.
  • 8 Weeks.
  • 2 hours per week.
  • Course Fee: $79.00.


Tutor: Ursula Edgington.

Do you want to improve your knowledge and understanding about issues like energy efficiency, waste management, electrical equipment, insulation, hot water, air conditioners (heat pumps) and solar, in commercial and residential contexts? Phrases like ‘carbon footprint’, ‘emissions’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ are often used, but what do they actually mean in practice and how can we use best practice sustainability in our day-to-day lives? 


In this course, students will learn tips and techniques for reducing their own costs through simple, eco-friendly practices at home. This course also offers students the opportunity to enhance commercial sustainability skills and knowledge which are in high demand by employers across all sectors. 



Week 1

Energy: what light bulb should I choose and why? Halogen, fluorescent, LEDs and more, learn about energy efficiency, cost, advantages and disadvantages of different lighting options. 

Week 2

Waste management: what is recyclable and how? Learn about the ‘waste pyramid’ and how waste impacts on our environmental concerns, health and safety risks and quality of life. Reflect on what role we each play in reducing landfill.

Week 3

Electrical equipment: how do we measure our home electrical use and how can we reduce costs and potential harm to the environment? This week we take a close look at typical domestic appliances like washing machines and fridges and examine what their energy labels mean and how we can live ‘smarter’.

Week 4

Insulation: a key component of every modern building and a good investment in an old one: this week we compare examples of different insulations, including glazing, and examine what impact they have on the heat retention in a building.

Week 5

Hot Water: insulation is also key element of heating hot water, and this week we learn about different types of energy used for water heating (gas, electric, solar) and compare the efficiency and sustainability of each method.

Week 6

Heat pumps (air conditioners): How do heat pumps actually work? This week we learn about what the difference is between different types of units and compare how effective are they within a specific space. We also learn some maintenance tips that can keep heat pumps working as efficiently as possible.  

Week 7

Solar panels: this week we look at the way we can generate power from sunlight, called photovoltaics. We can compare different kinds of panels as well as performance and maintenance of solar installations. 

Week 8

Wrap up and overview. Summary of all we have learned during the course. Students reflect on practical ways this new knowledge can be used to save them money and reduce carbon emissions to the environment. Students may also consider workplace contexts for their new skills.


 There will be a charge for a book. Price to be confirmed.


About the Tutor: 

Ursula Edgington enjoys facilitating adult learners to reach their potential through using fun and culturally-relevant strategies. Ursula is a qualified tertiary teacher and experienced social science researcher and has published multiple academic and creative texts on topics connected to adult education, culture and social justice. Her interests are founded in the transformative nature of learning and the use of quality, innovative resources, including technology, to enhance learning outcomes. 

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This course is supported by the TEC (Tertiary Education Commission) to assist with literacy and numeracy needs of students. You must attend 80% of the class. At the same time we hope you will learn other useful and interesting skills and have a lot of fun learning with us.