Low cost energy efficiency measures such as upgrading equipment and efficient use of lighting, heating and computers, can save on average up to £21,500 a year or 14% of it’s energy costs. The Carbon Trust is launching a new service called Empower for Schools, and will be writing to all schools and Local Education Authorities to inform them of the onsite training, energy saving tools and resources available to them.
The Trust has worked with over 3000 schools to date, giving teachers practical learning experiences, support for lessons and carbon comparisons and quizzes to get the pupils involved.
“Right now we know that schools are needlessly spending too much money on their energy bills. Taking action on this will not only free up budgets for educational spending, it will also help to combat climate change,” says Richard Rugg, who heads the Carbon Trust’s public sector advice division.
The Trust piloted the scheme last year, with over 250 schools including Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s 13 schools. The Council had been spending £2.5 million a year on energy for all of its schools but after a successful trial is rolling out the service over all its schools and hopes to save nearly £1.3 million over the next three years.