Taking steps to improve energy efficiency is important both in conserving our environment and in producing savings for schools.
Listed below are some useful sites and links for energy efficiency in schools.
1. The SEAI
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland plays a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. It provides well-timed and informed advice to Government, delivers a range of programmes, and engages with a wide range of stakeholders.
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2. Monitoring and Reporting Energy Usage
Schools can proactively manage their energy consumption with a view to introducing local initiatives to target both increased energy efficiencies and expenditure (cash) savings, and reporting on their progress.
Energy in Education is a partnership initiative between the SEAI and the Department of Education and Skills. The website includes information on getting started in energy management, involving pupils, measuring energy use, and finding savings. There are also a range of factsheets available.
The group organises regular Energy Management Workshops for schools. Subscribe to Energy in Education eZine
The Triple E Products Register is a new benchmark register of best in class energy efficient products. The European Union (Energy Efficient Public Procurement) Regulations 2011, SI 151 of 2011 state that a public body shall only procure equipment or vehicles which are listed on the Register or satisfy the published SEAI energy efficiency criteria and will specify this requirement in any documentation describing its procurement requirements.
The Office of Government Procurement has run a procurement competition for electricity on behalf of schools. On completing a one page registration form (for electricity and/or for natural gas), your school will be assessed for usage and will be asigned to the most appropriate tarriff.
Whether a school is closing for mid-term, Summer, Christmas or Easter holidays it is important for the school to close down completely, switching off as much energy consuming equipment as possible to save money and energy. A large school could spend over €1,000 on electricity over the summer.
This is not an exhaustive list and will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.