How can schools prepare for predicted energy price rises?

How can schools prepare for predicted energy price rises?

Energy prices are continuing to soar as Russia continues its attack on Ukraine, and industry sectors around the world have been forced to prepare themselves for the worst. This includes schools, colleges and universities.

With additional pressure adding to the astronomical energy prices, schools around the UK are being hit especially hard. And with no end in sight, it is up to schools to prepare themselves as best they can to avoid high costs and inefficient supplies.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways that schools can future-proof themselves against rising energy prices.

Installing renewable energy sources

Installing renewable energy sources, or opting for green procurement allows schools to save money whilst also reducing their impact on the environment. With fossil fuel prices currently at their most turbulent, it is important that schools choose energy sources that will bring benefits for both themselves and the environment.

Bio-mass boilers are also becoming increasingly popular within schools, colleges and universities across the country. These boilers can reduce a school’s oil consumption significantly. By switching from fossil fuel-based heating systems to renewable versions, schools can also benefit from the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI).

Onsite generation is also an efficient and effective way of generating energy – possibly the most sustainable form of energy. This solution usually involves wind or solar power. Typically used to offset energy imported from the grid, onsite generation provides users with stable, reliable energy.

These renewables are not only cutting costs, and reducing environmental impact. Investing in renewable energy also demonstrates that the institution is eco-consciousness and genuinely cares about the welfare of the planet.

Switching to low carbon appliances

Switching to low carbon devices is a simple yet effective way of reducing harmful emissions. A study released by The Carbon Trust revealed that UK schools collectively spend around £543 million on energy every year.

Lighting can sometimes account for up to 50% of a school’s energy bill. By switching to LED lighting, schools could reduce energy costs by around £44 million per year, whilst also preventing 625,000 tonnes of CO₂ from entering the atmosphere.

Implementing green initiatives and environmental education

Young people have been tackling climate change for many years, but this generation has made their voice louder than ever. Green initiatives allow schools to discover cost saving solutions whilst also engaging staff and students with nature and the environment.

The Eco-Schools programme has been incorporated into 20,000 schools around the UK. They are also working in 68 other countries across the world. The programme guides, empowers and motivates pupils to take an active role in preserving the world around them.

Introducing environmental subjects into school syllabuses gives young people a hands-on approach to climate action. While sustainable solutions make a considerable impact on climate change, educating the next generation is crucial in securing and maintaining a green future.

How can ESS help?

With financial pressures increasing, it can be difficult to know where to start with energy budgeting and efficiency. But understanding your energy consumption is the first step towards reducing it. Without that vital data, becoming sustainable will be near impossible.

With the help of our expert team and smart monitoring and metering services, we can guide our clients towards becoming as efficient as possible. Installing an Automated Meter Reading (AMR) meter could provide greater visibility and clarity on unusual usage trends and inefficiencies. Allowing education institutions, the chance to reduce energy consumption, waste, and costs.

Get in touch today to find out how ESS can help your school to start its sustainable journey.

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