Using Energy in the Home (Level 1 – CQ11640)

This course offers an introduction to understanding and managing energy use in the home.


Focusing on practical topics, advice and information, the course aims to help Level 1 learners of all ages to navigate domestic energy use through topics such as appliance running costs, metering, statements and energy efficiency, as well as looking ahead to renewable options for homes. 

Course audience

Aimed at both pre-16 and post-16 learners working at Level 1 standard, this course is an ideal introductory level for individuals / organisations who are aiming to enhance employability opportunities in the growing energy sector, as well as assisting learners who are aiming to increase their confidence in the learning process.

This course will enable learners to achieve a Level 1 qualification as well as gain some key knowledge and skills to further enable independent living in relation to managing or discussing domestic energy use.


The course requires no prior knowledge of the subject.

Course objectives

The course consists of 5 modules.

UNIT 1 – Understanding how we use Energy at Home

  • Recognise that different types of fuel are used in the home
  • Examine the energy consumption of electrical appliances
  • Identify meters by type
  • Understand how to read meters
  • Recognise the benefits of smart meters

UNIT 2 – Adding up the Cost of Energy Use at Home

  • Understand the layout of an energy statement
  • Recognise energy use from meter readings
  • Recognise information on a fuel statement
  • Describe different ways of paying for fuel
  • Examine actions for reducing energy waste at home

UNIT 3 – Heating rooms and heating water at home

  • Identify a range of appliances for heating rooms
  • Recognise ways of heating water at home
  • Identify typical space heating and water heating controls
  • Explain the purpose of space heating and water heating controls

UNIT 4 – Keeping Warm at Home

  • Examine where heat escapes from a home
  • Recognise how insulation prevents heat loss
  • Understand how to insulate against heat loss
  • Understand why we should insulate against heat loss

UNIT 5 – Going green with low carbon energy sources and heating

  • Recognise renewable, low carbon sources of electricity
  • Understand how low carbon electricity can benefit the environment
  • Examine low carbon heat technologies for homes
  • Recognise the benefits and drawbacks of low carbon heat technologies in homes

Please note that the content of this course focuses on England and Wales. If you are based in Northern Ireland or Scotland, please contact NEA to discuss the main differences in content.

Delivery method

E-Learning followed by an open book, paper based assessment.

How will the E-LEARNING work?

E-Learning is self-led so learner will be able to study online at a time and location that is convenient to them.

Learners will have access to the online course for 10 weeks in which to complete their study and assessments.

How will the ASSESSMENT work?

The Level 1 qualification is based on open book assessment which will include a range of multiple choice style questions, matching exercises and True / False questions.


We recommend a minimum of 2-hours per course and an additional 1-hour per assessment for each module however each learner is different and E-Learning offers the flexibility to study at your own pace.

Fees (per learner)
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PLEASE NOTE that the NEA members discount only applies to ‘enhanced’ membership as outlined in the membership documentation.
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