Ways to saving energy in schools:
Schools use a dramatically large amount of energy and quite a lot of this is wasted. This means they are spending a lot of money on energy and are not using all that they are paying for. The Government reduces the budgets for education annually. As budgets are limited, saving energy in schools is something that can come in very useful.
To combat this, high energy usage schools need to first start to think about what they waste their energy on. For example, lighting is a big example of how schools waste energy. Once they have found what consumes the most energy they can start to save it by using the tips.
Just some of the simple things for saving energy in schools:
- 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: standby appliances need to be switched off via the wall, therefore someone has to switch it off manually. 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 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 everyone to turn off appliances at the wall when they are not in use. Appliances that are not in use are running in the background. As energy is being wasted, there is less available energy to be used elsewhere within the school.
Tip 5: Remember to turn the lights off when you leave a classroom. Schools keep lights powered on permanently as it is easier than switching them on and off.
Tip 6: Check that none of your taps around the school are dripping. Hot water uses a large amount of energy to heat. 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 their energy efficiency is. Computers in schools are commonly found to be using large amounts of energy because running costs have not been known.
However ELe powered computers are very energy efficient and on average saves 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. Therefore more money is saved that can be spent on teaching resources and teachers themselves!