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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Peak school day electricity comparison kW/floor area

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This comparison shows the peak daily school power consumption per floor area. High values compared with other schools might suggest inefficient lighting, appliances or kitchen equipment. The peaks generally occur during the middle of the day. Energy Sparks allows you to drill down to individual school day usage to better understand the intraday characteristics of a school's electricity consumption.

If a school's electricity consumption is high compared with other schools is probably warrants further investigation. There might be simple low-cost remedies like turning lighting off when it is bright outside, or better management of appliances in a school's kitchen. Other measures like installing LED lighting might require investment.

LED lighting for example can consume as little as 4W/m2, whereas older less efficient lighting can consume up to 12W/m2.

School name w/floor area average peak kw exemplar peak kw saving if match exemplar (£)
Heathfield Knoll School 19.1 51.7 27 £2,810