Energy costs can be a major expense for the adult and community education sector which is made up of neighbourhood houses, community learning centres, community colleges, telecentres and other small, not-for-profit providers of adult education. Implementing simple low or no cost energy efficiency upgrades can reduce operating expenses. For example, Community Children’s Centres SA, a not-for-profit education organisation in South Australia found that by implementing energy efficiency initiatives, centres would save at least 10% on their energy usage.
The ability to make decisions, particularly in the smaller organisations, is dependent on volunteer committees supporting paid or unpaid coordinators. They are time limited, yet mindful of scarce resources. Tailored, practical energy efficiency information is available to help centres to monitor and control their energy usage.
Adult Learning Australia (ALA) has developed energy efficiency fact sheets and a community television program, ‘A Green House around the Corner’, which can help you reduce energy in your education centre.
- A Green House around the Corner video episodes – Follows six community and education centres as they implement energy efficiency solutions to reduce costs and improve comfort levels.
- Factsheets – Cover topics such as 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 and many more.
- A Green House around the Corner Facebook page – Provides general energy efficiency advice and tips.
See the A Green House around the Corner website for more information on energy management in the adult and community education sector.