What do you think goes on in your school once the pupils and staff leave? It's actually common practice for many schools to offer their facilities to community groups, sports clubs and other organisations at evenings, weekends and during holidays.
Well, whyever not? The community group or organisation gets access to good facilities and the school receives income from the bookings.
This situation can, however make it a bit more complicated to analyse your school's energy use. How can you determine whether your evening electricity consumption is high because students left all the computers on in the ICT suite or because a pensioner's netball club has been using the gym? Or whether the gas consumption is high because the boiler timer is faulty or the local dramatic society has been using your draughty theatre facilities and whacking the heating up.
You can use your analytical skills to develop a clearer picture of the impact that community use has on your school's energy consumption.
1. Based on your knowledge of your school, when do you think school buildings are used by the community? Weekdays or weekend? Mornings or evenings? 2. What days have the most community use? The least? 3. Which parts of the school are used by the community.
You may need to ask the Office Staff or Site Manager to help you with the answers to these questions.
What can you do with this information?
You might want to choose to calculate how much your school is spending on electricity or gas when community groups are in. Pass this information on to your office team. They need information like this to make sure they are charging groups enough for the use of your facilities.