This Lighting Introduction course covers the principles of lighting design and the impact of lighting selection on building electricity consumption.

This lesson discusses the following topics:

  • Lighting that supports occupant activities.
  • Features and components of lighting devices.
  • Specific benefits f energy-efficient lighting.

Effort hours: 1.5

This course is approved for .75 BPI CEUs.

The Reducing Baseload Cost course I about reducing baseload consumption, and its cost.  Building use energy all year. Some of that energy use is seasonal. Heating energy in the winter, and cooling energy in the summer. Baseload energy is what we use consistently over the year.

This lesson will cover the following:

  • Baseload's relative impact on total energy use
  • How to derive baseload energy use from power bills.
  • How to audit, recognize, and prioritize baseload devices.
  • Post improvement monitoring.
  • Sizing PV systems to match reduced baseload costs.


Effort hours: 1.5

This lesson is approved for .75 BPI CEUs.

This Residential Refrigerators lesson discusses when it makes economic sense to replace an old refrigerator. Refrigerators and freezers use a lot of electricity. Older refrigerators can use four times more electricity than new energy-efficient models!

This lesson covers the following topics:

  • •How much electricity building owners can save by improving existing refrigerators.
  • •How much electricity building owners can save by replacing existing refrigerators.
  • How to calculate annual refrigerator operating costs.
  • How to select new refrigeration with important energy-efficiency features.

Effort hours: 1.0

This lesson is approved for .5 BPI CEUs.

This Water Heater Basics lesson covers the features of storage-tank water heaters, along with some new water-heater designs. Most buildings in the US still rely on storage-tank water heaters.

This lesson covers the following topics:

  • •How to identify water-heater types, their main components and their efficiency features.
  • How to identify signs of energy and safety problems.
  • How to increase existing storage-tank efficiency.
  • •How to select high-efficiency water heaters for retrofit or new construction projects.

Effort hours: 1.6

This lesson is approved for .80 BPI CEUs.