Arnhem Wharf Primary School is encouraged to make the most of their resources, while providing a solid education for students. Being energy efficient saves money, so is an excellent way to release funds for curricular resources or facilities.
In addition to economic benefits, there are social and environmental advantages to reducing energy consumption, such as preserving fossil fuels and minimising the impact on the environment. This is increasingly important to the reputation of the school, as students, teachers and parents are becoming increasingly aware of climate change. Moreover, actions taken to become energy efficient provide an excellent opportunity for practical learning and real-life application for students.
Many of the actions learned from the energy study could be undertaken or monitored by students, while the science behind it might be a great opportunity for targeted classes.
Provide those who are responsible for the ‘business’ of the school, such as school managers, maintenance staff, governors, administrators and teachers with the actual energy saving opportunities available to them within their school. Key areas are:
The PSW energy team managed the project from initial scope, to school management/staff engagement through to establishing monitoring levels, ensuring at all times compliance and an auditable trail for continual improvement through awareness and no downtime or disruption to school activities.
Our engineers installed power monitoring to the main electrical supply to obtain accurate energy data and establish initial baselines. The data was transferred to our internet energy portal for discussion and planning.
Energy consumption in schools can vary depending on the age of the buildings, their state of repair, occupancy hours and the amount and type of electrical equipment installed. The widespread use of electrical equipment in ICT, science, sports and crafts lessons increase the use of energy.
Arnhem Wharf Primary school can benefit from reduced costs and enhanced learning environments through the implementation of identified opportunities. Staff and students will have improved comfort conditions which can boost productivity and morale. Students can learn about and experience ‘real world’ activities when exploring energy efficiency in Maths, English, Science and Citizenship classes. Parents and the wider community could reduce their own energy use as a result of pupil action and awareness.
The environment will benefit from reductions in energy use and carbon emissions which will enhance the school image.