Making energy savings for schools and academic institutes can be both educational and a money saver for both the students and teachers. Energy prices for schools and educational institutes can have an impact on the cost of education for the students. By enforcing some of these easy to implement tips, schools can reduce up to 20% on their energy costs. Implementing these energy-saving tips can be a win-win situation for both students and teachers.
Most of the energy wasted in schools is due to the inefficient routines and practices implemented in these areas of energy consumption. Heating and air-conditioning systems account for almost 50% of the energy wasted in schools. Inefficient lighting methods and practices account for about 20% of the energy misspent in schools. The school cafeteria and the workforce in the kitchen in an academic institute can be responsible for 12% of the unnecessary energy consumption.
The computer lab in a school or university accounts for 8% of the energy employed frivolously in the educational institute. The unique facilities in an educational establishment such as a gymnasium, swimming pool, library and or any other equipment can also be the reason why energy is wasted. Employing efficient practices in these sectors can help educational institutes initiate energy savings. Let’s look at some of the positive changes that academic institutes can adopt in these areas to maximise energy savings.
The heating and air-conditioning system might be using unnecessary energy if it is turned on after all of the people have arrived at school. One of the best times to activate the HVAC system is when there is the least number of people in the school premises in the morning. Since there is less movement of people it is easier to heat the entire premises without wasting energy. Find out how long it takes to heat the entire premises, activate the heating system on time and simply maintain the temperature throughout the day.
Almost a quarter of the school’s energy supplies are used in administering efficient lighting solutions for their staff and pupils. Studies show that students are more productive when exposed to natural daylight. Encourage educators and pupils to switch off lights in rooms that have sufficient natural light. Institutes can designate students as ‘energy monitors’ that can motivate people to switch off lights when leaving a room.
Electricity spent in the cafeteria and the computer lab combined accounts for 20% of the energy used in schools. Electricity will also be about 50% of your total energy costs. The cafeteria can help save electricity by switching off vending machines when they are not in use. Vending machines that remain on 24 hours a day can cost up to £150 a year.
Institutes can save up to £100 each year by turning on vending machines for eight hours during the day, seven days a week. Leaving a single monitor on for 24 hours costs an institute £25 each year, multiply that by the total number of PCs. The electricity costs soon add up. Schools and colleges can save on electricity by switching off devices in the computer lab when they are not in use.