We’re pleased to be exhibiting at the Achieving Efficiencies in Schools and MATS Conference in London today, where we will be sharing information on how academic organisations can reduce their energy spend by utilising the services of a renowned energy consultancy such as ours.
By offering the complete energy management solution, from energy procurement through to invoice validation and smart meter management, we can deliver significant savings and help Schools and MATS in their budget management.
While we are skilled to tackle large-scale projects, there are simple ways in which those in charge of Schools and MATS can keep their energy costs in check on a daily basis.
- Educate your students: Getting pupils on board is essential to reducing your carbon footprint. Buy-in from them makes cultural change so much easier. Why not arrange a visit from one of our engineers to discuss simple energy-saving techniques?
- Power down personal devices: Unplugging one smartphone may not seem that big a deal but across a whole school flicking power switches to ‘off” – or banning recharging altogether – could make a notable difference over the school year.
- Turn off the lights in unused classrooms: An obvious one but nonetheless important especially if LED lights have yet to be installed.
- Unplug when done: Make sure overhead projectors and other devices such as laptops are unplugged once a presentation is finished. Many of them use small amounts of energy if left on. It all adds up!
- Time management: With many schools occupying a large geographical footprint it is sometimes easy for people to remember to physically switch off lights themselves. As some far-flung classrooms might only be used on an occasional basis, this could result in lights being left on for hours at a time when there is no need. Use of electric timer outlets can address this.
- Keep doors closed: Energy consumption in schools can vary depending on the age of the buildings, their state of repair,
occupancy hours and the amount and type of electrical equipment installed, but one thing is pretty constant across most classrooms – they have doors. Keeping them shut helps to ensure that learning space remains warmer for longer and leads to a reduction in HVAC energy consumption.