Carrying out an energy audit will be extremely valuable in giving you a current picture regarding what your usage is and in what areas you can make cuts. involving children in energy audits is a great way of empowering them - making them a key part of the change ensures longevity and can also provide excellent learning opportunities. Energy audits can include looking at a range of things including lighting, heating (heating loss through windows/draughts) and hot water use.
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Find an energy certificate here. A Display Energy Certificate (DEC) shows the building's energy performance based on the energy consumed over the previous12 months. A DEC should be displayed clearly so the public can see it.
Energy Sparks: signing up to Energy Sparks enables schools to use the online tools to see an analysis of their school's energy data. Schools are also able to see suggestions for actions that could save energy. Energy Sparks presents the data in adult or child-friendly versions. Energy Sparks provides virtual or on-site energy audits.
Eco-Schools: One of the 7 steps in the Eco-Schools programme is for children to carry out an environmental review, which can include an Energy Audit where children look at what computers, lights etc are used.
Professional help for schools on understanding their energy bills: OFGEM (Britain's Independent Energy Regulator) explains the different parts that make up your energy bill. The document Request help and support for your procurement can be useful if needing help with choosing where to purchase energy from.