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Step 2: The energy team in your school

 

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

Next Steps
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. 

Contacts

Contact: Energy Management Team

Address: Somerset County Council, Business Development, County Hall, TA1 4DY
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Email: energysaving@somerset.gov.uk

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

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