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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Baseload per pupil

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A school's baseload is the power it consumes out of hours when the school is unoccupied.

This is one of the most useful benchmarks for understanding a school's electricity use, as half of most schools' electricity is consumed out of hours, reducing the baseload will have a big impact on overall electricity consumption.

All schools should aim to reduce their electricity baseload per pupil to that of the best schools. Schools perform roughly the same function so should be able to achieve similar electricity consumption particularly out of hours.

Consumers of out of hours electricity include

This breakdown excludes electricity consumed by storage heaters and solar PV.

School name Baseload per pupil (W) Annual cost of baseload Average baseload kW Saving if moved to exemplar
Heathfield Knoll School 29.7 £7,020 5.34 0p