Ways to save energy in schools?
Schools use a dramatically large amount of energy and quite a lot of this is wasted, meaning they are spending a lot of money and are not using all the energy they are paying for. This is a problem as linked with another blog; school’s budgets are being rapidly cut so the more energy they can save, the more money they save as they will be using the energy they have more efficiently.
To combat this high energy usage schools need to first start to think about what they waste their energy on the most. For example, lighting is a big example of how schools waste energy. Once they have found what uses the most energy they can start to save it by some of the tips below.
Just some of the simple things a school can do:
- Turn lights off in every empty room no matter the time of day
- Use energy efficient light bulbs
- Install timed tap systems
- Review the timers set on boilers
- Only use exactly the amount of water needed for drinks
- Draught proof windows and doors
- Insulate the roof spaces
Tip 1: At the end of each school day, check that the PCs, printers, photocopiers and other stand-by appliances are turned off at the wall. Please note: There is some ICT equipment that must remain turned on at all times. This will reduce all the wasted energy that is being used while the appliances aren’t even being used
Tip 2: Keep your classroom doors closed whenever possible. This will help to prevent cool or warm air from escaping. This keeps the heat in the rooms without having to turn up the heating and therefore using more energy.
Tip 3: Don’t overheat or overcool. In winter, set your school’s thermostat to 18°C–20°C and in summer set it to 24°C–27°C. This way the thermostat will stop the heating using as much energy.
Tip 4: Remind your teachers and canteen manager to turn off appliances at the wall in the canteen and staff room when they are not in use. These appliances get forgotten about as they are constantly on in the background so there’s a lot of energy that could be being saved.
Tip 5: Remember to turn the lights off when you leave a classroom. If it’s bright outside, think about whether you need the lights on at all. Schools tend to keep the lights on even when they are not needed as it is easier than turning them off and on, so they need to break this bad habit and teach teachers to look after the school and not just the pupils.
Tip 6: Check that none of your taps around the school are dripping. If they are, get them fixed to save water and energy. Hot water uses a large amount of energy to heat it. You could also swap the taps to water saving ones, instead of heaving the ones that don’t turn off themselves.
Tip 7: Check your school’s appliances such as computers, fridges and kitchen appliances, to see how they measure up in terms of energy efficiency. Compare annual consumption readings to see how efficient they are. Computers in schools are commonly found to be using huge amounts of enery in schools because running costs have not been known.
However Ele powered computers are very energy efficient and on average save at least 70% on electricity running costs. In a school environment this is perfect as the schools will save money on running their ICT and lighting infrastructures and can spend the money saved on better things like books and teachers!