Saving energy at school
Step 1: Creating an Energy Policy for your school
Commitment to energy efficiency needs to come from the top and should be backed up by an energy policy.
Your school’s energy policy sets out how your school wishes to reduce its energy usage. Ideally your policy should address the six areas highlighted in the energy management matrix and should be tailored to suit your school’s individual needs and resources.
Before you write your energy policy, use the Energy Management Matrix to work out your current position on energy management, and to think about your ultimate aim and best practice (shown in the matrix as a score of 4)
Things to consider
Things to consider when writing an energy policy document/ statement:
- Identify responsibilities and resources (staff, financial, time etc.)
- Specify clear objectives and targets for energy consumption
- How will progress be monitored?
- How will progress be communicated?
The policy should be developed by your school’s Energy Team in consultation with teaching and non-teaching staff and pupils, so as to involve the whole school population.
An example of a school energy policy is included in the Information and Resources Section.
Step 2: Setting up an Energy Team