RENEWABLES FOR SCHOOLS
Energy Use & Behavioural Change
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
Educating people on matters of climate change and renewable technology is made so much easier when it is something pupils grow up being very familiar with. Which is why Renewables for Schools is all about making sustainable education fun. Our aim is to make learning about climate change and the environment something the children all look forward to and something they will remember for the rest of their lives. In this way, behavioural change can become the easiest objective of all to obtain when moving your school towards sustainable independence.
Sustainable independence speaks volumes about your school and strengthens your image. It shows that you are willing to take the necessary measures to protect both the environment and the children’s future. With Renewables for Schools, we allow your school to take control of your environmental behaviour and make a real impact both on the school's energy expenditure and the pupils' future.
To better understand how we can change behaviour, Renewables for Schools creates a pathway towards schools becoming more energy efficient and self-sufficient, and represents everything that a school can and should be doing in order to reduce carbon emissions.
This is a continual 3 stage process of measuring, evaluating and improving, which we call our Energy Strategy:
Our Energy Strategy is a holistic approach which includes a full energy audit of the entire school to improve resource management and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, where everything from the building structure, lights, windows, doors, floors, ceilings, heating systems, cooling systems, insulation and roofs undergo a strict inspection and possible energy saving options are identified.
All open areas of the school buildings are also inspected to gauge an understanding of exactly where areas of heat and energy loss are most prevalent. The current heating and lighting system is also inspected, along with the gas and electric bills.
We break our findings down into two segments, each carrying at their own recommendation rating:
1. Low and no-cost measures which require no major upfront investments.
2. Medium to high cost measures with considerable planning and investment required.
We look at the payback time for each and every action on a realistic level and with attention to detail. If the payback time and the benefits are not enough to warrant immediate action, then we won’t recommend doing it.
At the heart of it all is our energy monitoring system. It makes perfect sense that even schools without renewable technologies in place should be investing in energy monitoring to be able to measure all its energy expenditure. Without suitable tracking measures, schools have been known to lose thousands of pounds in utility overcharges through faulty equipment and errors on energy bills.
The school can then see that the behavioural change measures we are implementing are actually working for them, and to what extent.
All this translates to a much less energy-dependent school with lower costs and lower carbon emissions. The perfect environment for developing beahvioural change and new, pragmatic thinking.
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