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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Annual heating cost per floor area

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This benchmark compares the gas and storage heater costs per floor area (m2) each year, in £.

The benchmark is adjusted for regional temperatures over the last year, so that for example schools in Scotland are compared on the same terms as schools in the warmer south west of England.

For schools heated by gas, the cost includes gas used for hot water and by the school kitchen.

More modern schools should have lower consumption, however, a well-managed Victorian school which turns its heating off during holidays and weekends often has lower heating and hot water consumption than more modern schools.

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