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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Change in annual electricity consumption

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This benchmark shows the change in electricity consumption between this year and last year, excluding solar PV and storage heaters.

Schools should be aiming to reduce their electricity consumption by about 5% per year because most equipment used by schools is getting more efficient, for example a desktop computer might use 150W, a laptop 20W and a tablet 2W. Switching from using desktops to tablets reduces their electricity consumption by a factor of 75. LED lighting can be 2 to 3 times for efficient than older florescent lighting.

To make a significant contribution to mitigating climate change schools should really be aiming to reduce their electricity consumption by 10% year on year to meet the UK's climate change obligations - something which is easily achievable through a mixture of behavioural change and tactical investment in more efficient equipment.

An increase in electricity consumption, unless there has been a significant increase in pupil numbers is inexcusable if a school is planning on contributing to reducing global carbon emissions.

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