Reducing Energy Costs & Consumption in the Education Sector Reducing Energy Costs & Consumption in the Education Sector

Specialising in helping schools reduce the cost of their Electricity, Gas and Water

Schools are becoming increasingly pushed to make the most of their sparse resources and limited budgets.

Energy costs are the highest spend area after teaching staff salaries within a school, so any work that can be done to reduce energy usage and costs will allow a school to invest the money back into the education of its pupils. To improve energy efficiency within schools, the comfort of staff and students does not need to be compromised.

Research suggests that in many cases, implementing some simple energy saving measures will save money and it is becoming apparent there is a greater demand for Schools to support the environment with a growing pressure to lower carbon emissions and reduce energy costs.

What we do

We are working with schools around the UK to reduce costs spent on energy and water per pupil. Providing a planned programme of efficiency measures to free up valuable budget to reinvest in education.

Our research indicates Secondary schools in the UK within the highest 10% are spending on average £64.75 on energy per pupil compared to the lowest 10% paying only £26.28 for energy per pupil.

Primary schools in the UK within the highest 10% are paying £51.87 per pupil on energy compared to the lowest 10% only paying £16.46 for energy per pupil.

Your school’s budgeted energy cost per pupil may fall some way short of the most efficient school in your area.

Although you probably forecast your utilities as a fixed, inflation prone cost we are confident we can provide you with a cost reduction programme which will allow you to redirect funds into other hard-pressed departments. From the experience we have had with other schools these savings can come from:

  1. Lower energy and water tariffs
  2. VAT rebates
  3. Correct registration for Climate Change Levy (CCL) exemption
  4. Reduction in electricity supply allocation (kVA)
  5. Energy and water efficient technologies installation

We can start by providing a free School Energy Report, showing the actual savings which are applicable to your school from the list above. In our experience some of these savings can be realised very quickly.

We are able to look at reducing overall energy costs and allow for a reinvestment opportunity for even more money to be invested into hard pressured areas of your school! 

Call one of our dedicated Education Energy Specialists today on 0191 691 1802 to arrange your complimentary School Energy Reports.

Opportunities to make savings

1.Switching off

All energy equipment should be switched off when not required. This can be done by staff, timer switches or adjusting building control systems.

2. Maintenance

A number of energy efficiency measures can be carried out as part of routine maintenance procedures at no extra cost.

3. Refurbishment

Energy saving measures taken when planning major refurbishment can be extremely cost effective.

4. Active Labelling of lighting

  • Lighting controlled by multiple switches
  • Not all lighting needs to be on
  • Agree with the class teacher
  • Mark up switches

5. Lighting switch off

  • Nominate lighting monitor
  • Switch off lights when room vacated
  • Assess the amount of natural daylight regularly
  • Switch off lights accordingly

6. IT Switch off

  • Identify all IT equipment
  • Is it left on unnecessarily
  • Traffic light coding system to turn off
  • Communicate to the whole school to switch off

7. Reduce out of hours electrical load

  • Check overnight load in kW
  • Undertake surveys to identify electrical items left on unnecessarily
  • Calculate reduced kW load

Did you know?

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  • Involving staff and students is an ideal way to make sure that energy saving opportunities are implemented at every level. It is also a great way to equip them with practical skills and knowledge that they can use on a daily basis, both in and out of school.
  • Effective heating requires good maintenance of walls, floors, windows, and roofs, so think about these when making improvements to heating systems.
  • A single computer and monitor left on 24 hours a day will cost around £45 a year. Switching them off out of hours and enabling standby features could reduce this to less than £10 a year each and prolong the lifespan of the equipment. You could save enough energy to make 30 teachers 6 cups of coffee every day.
  • Ovens and hobs use relatively large amounts of power in a school kitchen. A large secondary school typically uses cookers for more than 10 hours a week. In addition, make it a policy to use microwave ovens where possible as these are quicker and use less energy.
  • School kitchens expel large volumes of warm air. Many kitchen managers do not realize that over 50% of this heat can be recovered using heat recovery devices which can significantly reduce energy costs. An air-topwater recovery device is often the most effective method of recovering heat because it can then preheat hot water, providing a year-round use for the recovered heat.
  • UK schools could reduce energy costs by around £44 million per year which would prevent 625,000 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

Call one of our dedicated Education Energy Specialists today on 0191 691 1802 to arrange your complimentary School Energy Reports.

Case Studies

Take a look at the case studies we have on some of the schools we work with and the results to the expert advice and implementations within their school and college.

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