Everyone, including schools, has an important role to play in finding more efficient ways to manage energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. By investigating the energy topic, all members of a school can work together to increase awareness of energy issues and change habits to improve the energy efficiency within the school and at home.

In a typical school, the main uses for energy are heating, lighting, cooking, hot water and electrical appliances. Surveys show that through simple low-cost and no-cost measures, schools can reduce their fuel bills significantly while also reducing their CO2 emissions.

It’s also important to remember that energy is not a topic to study in isolation. For example, there are many links with other aspects of the environmental performance of schools, such as water consumption, waste and recycling.

The Eco-Schools objectives in this area are:

  • to raise awareness of the importance of monitoring energy consumption by regularly tracking the school’s use of gas, electricity or oil
  • to make pupils aware of the link between energy supply, energy use and the potential for environmental damage
  • to make pupils aware of the link between energy use and financial cost
  • to establish partnerships with energy providers, helping to put into place effective energy-saving measures
  • to show that simple low-or no-cost measures to conserve energy can be effective and bring about significant savings
  • to consider using alternative sources of energy