Schools can save energy costs equal to teacher’s pay
Hundreds of schools across England are taking part in a bold new national scheme to slash rising public sector energy bills and reduce UK carbon emissions.
Fifty-two local authorities will pilot new school schemes by the Carbon Trust in a move to reduce energy bills now costing the sector £543 million annually.
The Carbon Trust estimates that UK schools account for over half of local authorities’ carbon emissions, with a total £543 million annual energy bill, of which as much as £135m could be saved through simple cost-effective measures typically paying back in less than 3 years.
Simple measures such as switching off lights and installing more efficient heating could help the average secondary school save £21,500 in energy bills – almost equal to the annual salary of a newly qualified teacher, say the Trust.
Forty-three local authorities have signed up to take part in the pilot, including Camden, Cumbria, Bedford, Buckinghamshire, Walsall, and Wiltshire. The 10-month programme will help schools save up to 25% on their energy bills through free expert advice, new pupil switch-off initiatives, and cost-effective measures such as installing energy-efficient lighting and heating.
A further nine East Midland authorities are also taking part in the Carbon Trust’s School Collaboration on Resource Efficiency (SCoRE), a tailored scheme funded by Climate East Midlands which began in March and will eventually be rolled out to all 2,260 publicly funded schools across the region.
Director of Carbon Trust Programmes Richard Rugg said: "The Carbon Trust's work with local authorities shows that schools can play a pivotal role in helping the public sector to save millions of pounds while slashing carbon emissions.
"With a squeeze on budgets, our focus is on helping local authorities in collaboration with their schools estate to identify low cost opportunities that deliver high financial savings.
"Whether a pupil, a teacher or a school site manager, every member of the school community must play its part in saving energy."
The Carbon Trust’s Collaborative Low Carbon Schools Service could help over 400 pilot schools implement cost-effective energy savings as the basis for helping local authorities save up to £40m in energy bills and 270,000 tonnes of carbon across all their regions’ schools.
Any organisations that would like to be considered for the future phases of the programme should contact the Carbon Trust (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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