School Comparison Tool

This tool allows you to compare the energy performance of a number of schools within a Local Authority group or across the whole of Energy Sparks. The aim is to allow you to identify the best and worst performing schools to provide examples of best practice and to identify the schools needing the most support to improve their energy management.

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Gas: out of hours use

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This chart shows the breakdown of when schools are using gas - school day open: when the school is open to pupils and staff, school day closed: when the school is closed to pupils and staff overnight, weekends and evenings.

Most schools are unoccupied for about 85% of the year; between 5:00pm and 7:30am on school days, at weekends and during holidays. Focussing on reducing out of hours usage; turning heating and hot water systems off out of hours provides schools with a cost-efficient way of reducing their overall consumption.

Schools should aim to reduce their out of hours usage below 35% of annual consumption. Implementing a policy to reduce weekend and holiday use, and ensuring the boiler doesn't start too early in the morning should allow most school's to meet this target with no capital investment costs. It shouldn't be necessary to leave heating on during winter holidays and weekends if the boilers frost protection functions have been configured correctly to come on only when necessary.

You can get Energy Sparks to send you a reminder (an 'alert') just before holidays to turn your heating off.

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