The school saves £20,000 per year on electricity bills, promoting energy saving behaviours amongst staff and pupils alike. Light replacement using LED lights, the use of solar energy as well as hydro and biomass technologies are at the forefront of the school’s commitment to the reduction of energy costs.
As a flag bearer for energy saving initiatives, the school has also helped to engage other local primary schools and the wider local community in energy saving projects by encouraging energy reduction surveys that can help identify areas of energy wastages and propose solutions to those issues.
It is not just in the adoption of new technologies that can help save energy in schools that reaps benefits; it also the role of educating young people as to their role in becoming more energy aware. The school appointed pupils to oversee and monitor energy use, with personal pledges to reduce carbon footprints displayed in the school hall to engender a community feel to the initiative.
The environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy even runs an Eco-Schools programme that is aimed at engaging schools throughout the country to commit to a seven-step process to address environmental issues. Some 70% of schools throughout the UK are currently involved with the programme.
What role can energy providers play in linking up with schools and pupils and help Britain become greener?
Gary Brandwood, Sales & Marketing Director of Renewables 4 Business told us ‘The educational sector has a responsibility to lead the way in energy efficiency and renewable energy, as they are custodians of our next generation of entrepreneurs and business owners. If schools don’t demonstrate a commitment to ‘do their bit’ to tackle climate change, their pupils may also fail to engage with the issue.’
She continued, ‘Many schools are now looking to take action, as year on year energy cost rises are hugely impacting their budgets. I’ve been involved with helping schools by installing Solar PV, Voltage Optimisation and Biomass Boiler technologies which have all had a hugely positive impact on the schools and we’ve also gone on to participate in their related educational programmes relating to the installations’
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