26 Aug How can the education sector benefit from monitoring and metering?
Earlier this year, the UK government announced the launch of decarbonisation strategy. This highlighted the integral role of the education sector in the plans to reach net zero by 2050.
Schools generate more than 2% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and 15% of the country’s total public sector emissions. To put it in context, this is equal to the energy and transport emissions of Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol combined. This is why schools, colleges, and universities must embrace green energy management as they strive for sustainability.
To create an effective energy management plan, educational establishments must first identify potential inefficiencies and figure out how to remedy them. This is where monitoring and metering comes in. These services bring several social, environmental, and economic advantages for the sector.
So, how can the education sector benefit from carrying out monitoring and metering?
The education sector faces many inefficiencies. But monitoring solutions must be actively put in place, otherwise, these wasteful habits could go unnoticed.
Leaving the lights and computer equipment on, and an overreliance on HVAC, often leads to wasted energy and money. By reducing energy consumption, cutting out waste, and upgrading outdated equipment, education institutions could save up to one-third (36%) on their annual energy costs.
Sensors that monitor energy systems can identify leaks and enable wasteful areas to be fixed quickly and efficiently. Schools, colleges, and universities make up around 25% of the total public sector energy costs in the UK. So, it is vital that they identify unnecessary waste as we move towards net zero.
Understand your usage
As the education sector becomes more eco-conscious, it is essential that they gain a grasp of their energy usage. Sports halls, canteens, and data centres tend to be areas of high energy consumption. To tackle waste and inefficiency, schools must first understand why these specific areas consume so much energy. And these answers can be found through sub-metering.
Sub-metering allows you to dive deeper into the factors contributing towards high energy consumption. High consumption usually occurs in areas where air-conditioning, lighting, and heating are in full use. Through ongoing performance monitoring you can be reassured that your systems are continuing to deliver successful results.
Once you have a good understanding of your energy consumption, you are well on your way towards sustainability. A green campus is the ideal environment for students to learn and become involved in environmental issues, both on and off-campus. As well as providing economic benefits for the sites through the reduction of expensive fossil fuels.
Both students and staff are busy. And for this reason, sustainable resource management can often be pushed to the wayside. But actively incorporating energy management strategies such as monitoring and metering is becoming increasingly important in the push towards becoming eco-friendly.
Identifying areas that could improve energy efficiency also allows schools to actively adjust behavioural habits. Educating staff and pupils about how to reduce their environmental impact can make a huge difference to overall energy consumption.
Where does ESS come in?
With the pressure to become sustainable, knowing where to start can be difficult and confusing. But understanding your energy consumption is the first step towards reducing it. Without that vital data, becoming sustainable is impossible.
With the help of our expert team and smart monitoring and metering services, we can help our clients become as efficient as possible.
We recommend that you install an Automated Meter Reading (AMR) meter. This will provide greater visibility and clarity on unusual usage trends and inefficiencies. Allowing the education sector, the chance to reduce energy consumption, waste, and costs.
Get in touch today to hear more on how ESS can help your school, college, or university on the road to sustainability.