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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Opportunities for electricity meter consolidation

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Electricity meters can have quite high standing charges, between £500 and £5,000 per year. If a school has several electricity meters it might be worth consolidating them i.e. getting your local electricity network provider or energy company to reduce the number of meters in a school to reduce annual standing order costs, this consolidation often costs about £1,000.

You need to consider how far apart the meters are, if for example they are in the same room or cupboard the change could cost you very little. The choice can also be determined by whether you have storage heaters, historically it would have been cheaper to have them on a separate meter, but with the advent of smart and advanced meters 10 years ago this is less necessary as your energy supplier can read you meters half hourly and can charge the appropriate lower cost for your overnight usage.

This is a simple low cost change a school can make, the chart and table below attempt to estimate the potential saving based on some indicative standing charges for your area; you will need to look at your bills to get a more accurate estimate.

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