A greenhouse around the corner

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A Greenhouse Around the Corner logoA Greenhouse Around the Corner is all about providing useful energy efficiency information and resources to the adult and community education sector.

The Greenhouse around the corner TV series was a spin-off of the Channel 31/Digital 44 series A house around the corner, which showcased the incredible range of educational programs and community activities available in community houses all around Australia.

Getting started

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Everyone comes to energy efficiency from different perspectives. Some will be just starting on their energy efficiency (EE) journey – others will be on the look out for new energy efficiency measures to implement. Regardless of where you are coming from, it’s important to make an energy efficiency plan. This will help you collaborate with others; clarify your centre’s requirements; measure the energy used in your centre and make some decision about which energy efficiency pathway you need to start.

The chart below outlines some simple steps that you can take to develop an effective EE plan.

 

Want more information?

Guidelines for energy management

Episode 1

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Byron Region Community College

Byron Bay, New South Wales

Byron Region Community College completely retrofitted a derelict electricity depot, embedding best practice in terms of energy efficiency design and innovation. Learn how they achieved some amazing energy efficiency results, in our first episode of A Greenhouse Around the Corner.

Part 1

Related fact sheets

Fact sheet 16: Understanding passive solar design

Fact sheet 13: Energy auditing and using a power meter

Fact sheet 11: Standby controllers and efficient computer settings

Clips

Understanding passive solar design

Energy auditing and using a power meter

Standby controllers and efficient computer settings

Part 2
 
Part 3
 

Episode 2

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Heyfield Community Resources Centre

Heyfield, Victoria

Heyfield Community Resource Centre developed and introduced the unique flag program which saw businesses and homes assessed for their energy efficiency. Over 380 homes were assessed and consequently made changes to their homes and businesses to make them more energy efficient. These changes started off as small changes but the community came to see the benefit and made more and more changes.

Part 1

Related fact sheets

Fact sheet 9: Hot water systems, kettles and urns

Fact sheet 15: Signage and changing behaviour

Fact sheet 2: Being an energy efficient leader in your community

Clips

Hot water systems, kettles and urns

Signage and changing behaviour

Being an energy efficient leader in your community

Part 2
 
Part 3
 

Episode 3

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Pomona Community House

Pomona, Queensland

Pomona and District Community House’s old stationmaster’s home has been retrofitted with energy saving devices and the new building/extension was built with energy saving in the plans. The new building took 7 years in getting to build stage through persisting with different approaches to gain approval and to gain funding.

Part 1

Related fact sheets

Fact sheet 10: Efficient lighting and improving natural light

Fact sheet 18: Dream big, dream now: Planning ahead for an energy efficient building

Fact sheet 8: Cooling options and improving ventilation

Clips

Efficient lighting and improved natural light

Cooling options and improving ventilation

Part 2
 
Part 3
 

Episode 4

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Grove Precinct Community Learning Centre

Peppermint Grove, Western Australia

The Grove Precinct is Western Australia’s first public building incorporating innovative environmentally sustainable design features and technologies.

Part 1

Related fact sheets

Fact sheet 12: Window treatments for energy efficiency

Fact sheet 5: Installing insulation

Fact sheet 1: Understanding and managing your energy bill

Clips

Window treatments for energy efficiency

Installing insulation

Understanding and managing your energy bills

Part 2
Part 3
 

Episode 5

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Encounter Centre

Victor Harbor, South Australia

The Encounter Centre in South Australia offers programs for people with disability. They use energy efficient practices and technologies to save money to help them continue with their innovative learning programs, which includes producing wonderful wooden toys.

Part 1

Related fact sheets

Fact sheet 3: The economics of energy efficiency

Fact sheet 6: Space heating options

Fact sheet 19: Installing solar power

Clips

The economics of energy efficiency

Space heating options

Installing solar power

Part 2
Part 3

Episode 6

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Coonara Community House

Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria

Greenhouse around the corner followed Coonara Community House located in for a six month period as they went through the process of implementing energy efficiency solutions to a beautiful stone cottage built in the 1860s and their other buildings.

 

Part 1

Related fact sheets

Fact sheet 1: Managing your energy bills

Fact sheet 7: Choosing appliances and the energy star rating system

Fact sheet 4: Draught sealing

Clips

Understanding energy bills

Star rating

Draught sealing

Part 2
Part 3

Resources

Fact sheets

Fact sheet 1: Understanding and managing your energy bill
Fact sheet 2: Being an energy efficient leader in your community
Fact sheet 3: The economics of energy efficiency
Fact sheet 4: Draught sealing
Fact sheet 5: Installing insulation
Fact sheet 6: Space heating options
Fact sheet 7: Choosing appliances and the energy star rating system
Fact sheet 8: Cooling options and improving ventiliation
Fact sheet 9: Hot water systems, kettles and urns
Fact sheet 10: Efficient lighting and improving natural light
Fact sheet 11: Standby controllers and efficient computer settings
Fact sheet 12: Window treatments for energy efficiency
Fact sheet 13: Energy auditing and using a power meter
Fact sheet 14: Engagement strategies
Fact sheet 15: Signage and changing behaviour
Fact sheet 16: Understanding passive solar design
Fact sheet 17: Shopping around for a better energy deal
Fact sheet 18: Dream big, dream now: Planning ahead for an energy efficient building
Fact sheet 19: Installing solar power

Other resources

If you need more information, click each topic below for further resources.

Understanding and managing energy bills

Being an energy efficient leader in your community

The economics of energy efficiency

Draught sealing

Installing insulation

Space heating options

Choosing appliances and the energy star rating system

Cooling options and improving ventilation

Hot water systems, kettles and urns

Efficient lighting and improved natural light

Standby controllers and efficient computer settings

Window treatments for energy efficiency

Energy auditing and using a power meter

Engagement strategies

Signage and changing behaviour

Understanding passive solar design

Shopping around for a better energy deal

Planning ahead for an energy efficient building

Installing solar power

 

 

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