Education's £9.4million energy efficiency boost

New data from EDF Energy has revealed that better energy efficiency could deliver nearly £9.4million in savings per year across 1,792 colleges, school and universities analysed. By putting in place various energy efficiency measures, the average campus could achieve a total saving of as much as £37,110 per year – the equivalent of 371 student laptops for the new academic year.

These energy savings would have a significant environmental impact, and could save 32,421 tonnes of COper year across the 1,792 campuses. This is equal to the carbon emissions of 17,620 flights between London and Sydney, or to the positive impact of planting 810,525 square metres of woodland.

EDF Energy analysed the educational sites remotely using energy consumption data to understand the potential for energy efficiency and carbon reductions at campuses across the country.  

Across the vast majority of locations, EDF Energy found that very simple changes such as switching to energy-efficient lighting could deliver a significant EDF advise on energy efficiency savings in school - a cookerimpact:

  • As many as 53% of the campuses analysed could make huge cost and emission savings simply by installing energy-efficient lighting.
  • On average, organisations could make annual savings of £6,719 per site by installing efficient lighting, reducing their carbon emissions by 22 tonnes per year.
  • Over 65% could make savings by optimising their operational schedule, which might include turning heating off more promptly when users leave the building. 

Vincent de Rul, Director of Energy Solutions at EDF Energy, commented: “Energy efficiency has been a UK-wide focus for a number of years, but our analysis of these sites shows that the majority of organisations can still make meaningful carbon reductions that result in significant savings – through very simple changes.

“Our data covers a relatively small proportion of the UK’s education organisations – imagine what the impact would be if all UK campuses made even the simplest of changes, whether that be efficient lighting or occupancy sensors? As the UK has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, we want to demonstrate that all schools, colleges and universities can achieve positive results one change at a time.”

How can you improve energy efficiency and improve your school budget?

There are a number of ways in which education providers can monitor their energy consumption to identify the simple, impactful changes that are available to them.  

Nescot, Epsom's college of further and higher education, recently installed EDF Energy’s live energy monitoring tool PowerNow to reveal energy efficiency opportunities at an asset level.

Using energy readings that are transmitted to a cloud-based platform where the data can be viewed in real time, Nescot has been able to discover new ways to save money that they can reinvest in their students and facilities. energy efficiency savings in school - Maria Vetrone

Maria Vetrone, Deputy Principal Finance and Resources, Nescot, commented: “PowerNow is incredibly important to the college because we are now seeing the information and data to make decisions on how we use energy, to get costs down so we can release those savings back into the curriculum.

“We as a college would recommend all organisations to implement such a product if they are keen to reduce their energy consumption and costs.”

As the biggest supplier to UK businesses and the largest producer of low carbon energy, EDF Energy is working to change the way UK organisations use energy, enabling this transition to a low-carbon system.

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