Energy Sparks for…

School management

Energy Sparks is an online energy analysis tool and energy education programme specifically designed to help schools reduce their electricity and gas usage through the analysis of smart meter data. Energy Sparks helps schools reduce their carbon emissions, and make a real contribution to addressing the 'climate emergency'.

Energy Sparks is a registered charity working for the public benefit to develop and promote tools, services and programmes to reduce energy and resource consumption and carbon emissions. Energy Sparks aims to educate the public, particularly young people about the causes and impacts of climate change, and the importance of energy saving and reducing carbon emissions.

Automatic charting and analysis

Energy Sparks analysis focuses on low cost measures which can help schools save energy and fight climate change. On average 50% of gas and electricity is consumed at schools when they are closed and the buildings are unoccupied. Energy Sparks highlights opportunities for energy saving at at your own school through:

  • Reducing out of hours use
  • Improving control of school boilers
  • Advice on purchasing of new energy efficient equipment
  • Benchmarking versus other schools

Notification of changes in energy consumption

Energy Sparks provides online, email and text notification of changes in energy consumption with recommended energy saving actions tailored just for your school. Suggested energy saving interventions and capital investments are prioritised for each school to maximise cost and energy savings.

Energy Education Support

Energy Sparks aims to provide school pupils with life skills in understanding energy, learning about the problems of energy generation and climate change, as well as empowering them to support their own school to save energy.

Energy Sparks has over 60 energy related activities which pupils can participate in through eco-teams or class based learning. The activities include downloadable lesson plans for teachers and worksheets for pupils. Schools gain points for completing activities and these contribute to a scoreboard where pupils can compete with other schools providing extra motivation.

School Comparison and Benchmarking

Energy Sparks provides a comprehensive school comparison tool for Local Authority and School Trust users to help them identify the worst and best energy performers against a range of over 20 criteria, in order to be able to focus on schools who need most support and identify schools with the most opportunities for energy saving.

The benchmarks are updated daily and range from 'energy cost per pupil', 'changes in recent energy use' through to school boiler start times in the last week.

Enrol your school
I initially got involved with Energy Sparks as I thought it would inspire the children to be more eco-aware. Little did I realise back then how much we would be saving now! …We should be able to save £800 annually so that's over £15 extra per child per year - all thanks to Energy Sparks.
Andrew Marriott

Deputy Head

Federation of Bishop Sutton and Stanton Drew Primary Schools, Bath and NE Somerset

Case studies

Case Study 1: Upgrading freezers and fridges
Pupils at Freshford Church School used Energy Sparks to identify energy wastage by an old inefficient freezer of £740 per year
Case Study 2: Improving the timing of boiler controls
Whiteways Primary School used Energy Sparks to change their boiler controls to save 35% in annual gas use.
Case Study 3: Storage Heater Control
Stanton Drew Primary used Energy Sparks to reduce storage heater costs by 28%. This saving covered the installation cost within 16 weeks.