Saving Energy at School
It’s important to recognise that staff and students are your biggest asset when it comes to driving down energy consumption. Your school’s Energy Team will need to engage with staff and students in order to help facilitate behavioural change and manage the school building’s services efficiently.
What does the school’s energy team do?
Your energy team has a role to play at all stages along the energy management pathway. The team is likely to:
- Develop your school’s energy policy and action plan
- Set targets
- Monitor use of energy, and progress towards target(s)
- Challenge and change occupant behaviours through leading by example
- Focus on building services management
- Take responsibility for progressing action identified in energy survey
- Apply for capital grant funding (see SALIX Loan)
- Communicate, report and review action plan
Who should be included in your school’s energy team?
Every school is different and this may not always be practical, but ideally the School Energy Team should include:
- Students (ideally at least one representative from each class/ year)
- A teacher
- A site manager if you have one
- The school business manager
- A member of senior management
- A governor
Step 3: Monitoring and metering
In order to begin managing your energy and water usage you need to measure how much you are using.
By measuring and monitoring your energy usage you will be able to identify no cost solutions and could save up to 10% off your fuel bills.