As schools across the UK join the Let’s Go Zero campaign, it’s time to take a closer look at how we can save energy in schools. Schools can play a crucial role in reducing our carbon footprint and mitigating the effects of climate change. Here are some ways that schools can save energy and become more sustainable:

  • Conduct an energy audit: An energy audit is an excellent way to identify areas where energy is being wasted. By conducting an energy audit, schools can identify areas where energy-saving measures can be implemented. Our team at LCMB can work with schools to conduct an energy audit and provide recommendations on how to reduce energy consumption.
  • Switch to renewable energy: Schools can choose between two approaches for transitioning to renewable energy, ultimately helping to reduce their carbon footprint. The first option involves switching to energy suppliers that provide energy from renewable resources such as solar and wind power. Alternatively, the second option is to install photovoltaic (PV) systems on their premises, enabling schools to generate their own clean energy and further contribute to a sustainable future.
  • Install energy-efficient lighting: Traditional incandescent bulbs consume a lot of energy and need to be replaced frequently. By switching to energy-efficient lightings, such as LEDs, schools can significantly reduce their energy consumption. Our team at LCMB can help schools develop an energy-efficient lighting plan and install energy-saving lighting solutions.
  • Install motion sensors: Motion sensors are an effective way to ensure that lights are only turned on when they are needed. This can significantly reduce energy consumption in areas such as hallways, toilets, and other low-traffic areas. Our team can install motion sensors in schools and help schools save money on energy bills.
  • Switch off equipment when not in use: Many schools leave electronic equipment, such as TV’s, computers, and printers, on standby mode when not in use, resulting in significant energy wastage. By ensuring that all equipment is turned off when not in use, schools can reduce their energy consumption and save money on energy bills.
  • Educate staff and students: Educating staff and students on the importance of saving energy can go a long way in reducing energy consumption in schools. Our team at LCMB can provide training on energy-saving practices and encourage staff and students to adopt sustainable habits.

There are also several misconceptions that are associated with implementing Net-Zero strategies which we’d like to address. The main ones we’d like to highlight are summarised below: 

  • Not having access to the necessary technology or expertise – Some organisations may feel that they lack the technology or expertise to effectively reduce their carbon emissions. However, there are many solutions and resources available, and organisations can partner with experts and other organisations to develop and implement effective emission reduction strategies.
  • The need to prioritise profits over sustainability – Some organisations may believe that prioritising sustainability will negatively impact their profits. However, research has shown that sustainability can lead to increased profits and improve business performance.
  • “It’s not our responsibility.” – Various individuals or organisations may feel that reducing carbon emissions is not their responsibility and that it should be left to governments or other organisations to act. However, as a key contributor to global emissions, it is important for organisations to take responsibility and take action to reduce their own emissions.
  • “Our emissions are not significant enough to make a difference.” – Some organisations may believe their emissions are too small to make a difference in the overall picture. However, every organisation has a role to play in reducing global emissions, and every effort counts towards the larger goal of achieving Net-Zero emissions.

LCMB can provide valuable expertise and resources to schools looking to implement Net-Zero strategies. We have a proven track record of helping organisations reduce their carbon emissions and achieve significant cost savings through energy efficiency measures. Our services include energy audits, implementation of energy-saving measures, and ongoing monitoring and analysis to ensure that emission reduction targets are met. By partnering with LCMB, schools can access the latest technologies and innovative solutions to reduce their carbon footprint, while also improving their bottom line. Additionally, we can help schools navigate the complexities of carbon reporting and compliance with regulatory requirements. With our expertise and resources, we can help schools overcome any misconceptions or barriers to achieving Net-Zero emissions and become leaders in sustainability within the UK’s education sector.

If you’d like help identifying how your Net Zero Carbon approach and budget could deliver more value for your organisation, people, and customers, then get in touch for an informal discussion with our Net Zero Carbon team at 01295 576 000 or email: [email protected]

Innocent Mukondwa

Junior Consultant

Net Zero Carbon

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