Pupils review school heating timings

10 Investigating energy usage KS1, KS2

Discuss with the school caretaker, business manager or other appropriate staff member when the school heating is set to come on and turn off each day.  The heating timer should be adjusted so that the school reaches optimum temperature as people begin to arrive, and cools down shortly before people leave. You can do this slowly by gradually adjusting the settings over a small period and checking the response and feedback from teachers and pupils. You could record classroom temperatures hourly across the day, and then work out whether the heating needs to come on earlier or later. Remember the recommended temperatures for schools are:

  • Normal classrooms: 18°C
  • Corridors: 15°C
  • Areas with high levels of activity (e.g. sports halls): 15°C
  • Areas with low levels of activity: 21°C
  • Special needs schools or areas with very young children: 21°C
When heating needs vary throughout the day and week, perhaps because of after school clubs on some days, review your school’s time settings every month to check they match the times when heating is needed. If short-term adjustments are made to your system, don’t forget to change them back. Installing a seven-day timer will allow for different settings for each day of the week, perfect for when the school isn’t in use over the weekend and holidays.

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