Nottinghamshire County Council has implemented energy efficiency projects across 78 schools, which are estimated to save over £460,000 and 2,700* tonnes of CO2e per year. The schools expect to save a significant £5.9m on their energy bills over the lifetime of the technologies.
The council has installed energy efficiency upgrades in its schools including LED lighting upgrades, new Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS), boiler replacements and improvements to building fabric insulation, using their Salix Recycling Fund. These technologies have also been accompanied by a programme of renewable heat and power installations at numerous school sites, from wood pellet boilers and roof-mounted solar panels.
Mornington Primary School in Nuttall is a perfect example of this. The school utilised £13,545 of Salix funding to replace inefficient lighting, allowing them to reduce their electricity consumption, saving an estimated £2,625 and 10.5 tonnes CO2e a year.
Energy efficiency measures, such as these, help form part of the Council’s comprehensive energy management service for schools, including support and resources to help engage staff and pupils.
Of the project, Linda Azemia, Head Teacher at Mornington Primary said, “We heard about the Salix scheme and knew we could use it to contribute to a refurbishment being carried out over the summer and get an enhanced solution. We asked for previously dark areas to be improved, automatic light switching according to occupancy and greater flexibility on classroom switching. We hope to build on and continue our successful energy and environmental efforts and look forward to seeing reductions in our forthcoming electricity bills.’
Phil Keynes, Team Manager, Energy & Carbon Management at Nottinghamshire County Council said, ‘Working with Salix has enabled the Council to make huge improvements to the energy performance of its buildings and street lighting to the benefit of local schools, services, residents and the environment. It has also enabled easy access to excellent management information on the performance and achievements of our Recycling Fund investments.”
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*Calculated using emissions factors published by government for carbon footprinting.