Somerset County Council

Step 1: Creating an Energy Policy for your school


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.

What next?

Step 2: Setting up an Energy Team


Contact: Energy Management Team

Address: Somerset County Council, Business Development, County Hall, TA1 4DY
Phone: 0300 123 2224

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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