What is the use of a house if you don’t have a
decent planet to put it on?
– Henry David Thoreau

Make your home eco-friendly, non-toxic, energy efficient and less wasteful with this online course!

Learn how making simple changes in your home can give you significant savings – of energy and money. 

Explore the options for greener appliances, lights, and flooring. Identify potential toxins in your home and learn how to use organic substances to clean it.

Greener Home

This course is a comprehensive guide to making your house greener and more in harmony with nature. It looks at a wide variety of ways that you can make changes to your home that adhere to the permaculture principles of ‘Care of the Earth’ and ‘Care for People’.

  • Identify potential chemicals in common household products
  • Use inorganic compounds to give your home a greener clean
  • Identify energy efficient appliances currently on the market
  • Understand how power and water use by appliances affects local and global ecosystems
  • Appreciate the relative power use of a range of appliances
  • Learn how changing appliance use can lead to greater energy efficiency
  • Know how faucets and shower heads can be made more economical
  • Assess the relative merits of different types of hot water supply systems
  • Evaluate the merits of different kinds of light bulbs for energy efficiency
  • Recognize how various types of flooring have different environmental impacts
  • Distinguish the types of items that are typically restricted in municipal recycling schemes
  • Appreciate ways to re-use and recycle many items from the home – from smart phones to ceramics


This is your guide to taking simple, effective steps that will make your home more pleasurable to live in, will mean that it utilizes less power, and makes recycling and re-using a central part of life within it.

We begin by looking at potential sources for unwanted chemicals in your house. There are various products that may contain inorganic compounds you do not wish to have in your home – often in places where you wouldn’t expect them.

You’ll also learn how common compounds that you might well already have in your home can be used as effective cleaning agents – so you don’t have to use chemicals in your house.

These natural ingredients include:

• Olive oil
• Lemon juice
• Baking soda
• Club soda
• Cornstarch

The course also includes detailed information on choosing energy-efficient appliances for your home, as well as easy ways that you can modify your use of appliances to mean that they utilize less power – and for many appliances, less water as well.

These include:

• Kettles
• Ovens
• Clothes dryers
• Microwaves
• Computers

Build your self-sufficiency skills with a self-paced online learning experience

Greener choices are also available for many different parts of the house. Studying this course will give you a wealth of information on environmentally friendly options when it comes to light bulbs, light fixtures, flooring, faucets, and shower heads.

You will also discover various energy saving tips for making your hot water supply more judicious in its use of power, as well as looking at various green alternatives to conventional water storage heaters.

This course also takes a detailed look at making outputs from your home – as well as inputs – greener and more beneficial to the environment.

You will explore how most municipal recycling collection schemes work, and look at some of the common household items that are typically prohibited from such schemes. From plastics and paper to food packaging, you’ll learn what can and can’t be recycled in most processing facilities.

We’ll also look at ways to re-use and donate items that may not be recyclable, or that can be used be others. You’ll learn the how and why of minimizing electronic waste, and ways to re-use surplus food for the benefit of your local community.