Oakhampton College is a leader in energy management, but there is nothing unique about the buildings or the location. The school has committed itself to reducing energy waste and engaging students in this process. This policy has resulted in less CO2 being generated and, as importantly, more money being available for teaching.
For most schools energy is one of the top three budget items, costing some large secondary schools in excess of £100,000 a year and yet it receives little attention.
You can change this and this is how:
- You will need to list the names of the staff in your school who deal with energy; this could be the Principal, Business Manager or Site Manager. They will be able to tell you how much it costs to meet all the energy needs. You don’t need to worry about getting the figure now if you’re not at school.
- Think of a way of recruiting other students to help, this might be through your Student Council or recruiting your friends.
- Design a simple checklist that you and your friends can use to see what’s being left switched on and what’s being managed well in the school so that you can have regular surveys. You want to celebrate success as well as highlight what’s wrong. It’s also a good idea to measure the temperature of the classrooms with a simple thermometer.
Design a flowchart for your energy project starting off in September with the identification of the main staff involved in energy and following through a timeline which includes recruiting student help, designing a survey sheet, undertaking a classroom surveys and reporting your findings in December. You can notate your chart to show what actions you intend taking and when.