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Schools may be able to reduce energy costs by 10 to 20% by using energy more efficiently. There may also be some opportunities to use renewable energy instead of fossil fuels such as wood energy in boilers, or solar water heating to heat swimming pools.

Energy in schools is mainly used for:

  • Heating and cooling
  • Lighting
  • Equipment such as computers
  • Hot water
  • Swimming pools.

You can start saving now by:

  • Setting shared goals for energy saving, including students and staff in the process
  • Only using equipment (including lighting, heating and office equipment) when the classroom or office is in use
  • Making one person responsible for switching off equipment over weekends and holidays
  • Keeping on top of low-cost repairs and improvements, such as fixing hot water leaks, hot water pipe lagging, and draught stopping
  • Following the maintenance schedules for equipment such as boilers
  • Setting a date each year (for example the end of term) to tune up and calibrate school equipment such as thermostats and occupancy sensors.

Schools also have a role to play in helping their students and their communities learn about energy efficiency and renewable energy, by demonstrating best practice.  Many schools are building energy efficiency into their curriculum.

How schools can be energy efficient

There is a range of information and resources to help schools manage and save energy, which is available on the EECA Business website.

For a detailed guide to how you can be more energy efficient, download Energy efficient Schools: A guide for trustees, principals, teachers, students, caretakers, and energy managers.

Funding available

Your school may be eligible for some funding to implement energy efficiency projects and to develop renewable energy opportunities. Visit the EECA Business website for more information on services and funding.

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