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Plan ahead and try'sit boiling' which isgreat for saving en-ergy in the kitchen. Just boil your veg-gies, pasta or ricefor a few minutes onfull heat, removefrom the hob butkeep covered, andleave to finish cook-ing in the hot water.You may have toexperiment a bit toget the timingsright, but once youget the hang of it,you'll wonder whyyou didn't try it be-fore!
Good Housekeeping Measures
Energy Monitoring at Eriskay School
Help on offer to cut your carbon
The Education Energy Effi-ciency Officer, Ruaraidh Fer-guson can provide a range of services designed to help youcut your carbon footprint.
Energy Efficiency training
is available for all staff andpupils, this can be carried outat a time suitable to your-selves to accommodate staff meetings etc
Presentations on Renew-able Energy
sustainabilityand energy efficiency to fit inwith projects ongoing withinthe School.
Demonstrations of EnergyPerformance software
isavailable to all schools helpingto understand what can im-pact on energy usageEnergy Performance Reportsare available for someSchools, and access on energyinformation available for all.
Access to best practicefrom other schools
, thereis a lot of excellent work being carried out withinSchools in the Western Isles,a central database will enableall Schools to access bestpractice where appropriateMany Schools now haveonline access to their electri-cal usage, more Schools willgo online this year.Monthly and quarterly moni-toring will ensure that allSchools and their energycommittees will be aware of how they are performingagainst the hoped for 5%reduction in energy usageThe photo to the left shows the form that Eriskay School use tomonitor their daily electricity usage. This is done on a rotationalbasis by the P6/7 pupils. The pupils gain skills in recording andreading different sets of data, making comparisons and thereforeunderstanding how we change our behaviour to improve effi-ciency and become more eco-friendly as a school.In the first column pupils record the cost of the electricity, in thesecond the units used and in the third the carbon emitted as aresult of the energy used.Using the monitor and re-cording their energy usagehelped Eriskay to be awardedtheir second Green Flag.Congratulations to theSchool and community.
Keep it Under Control
Make sure the heating is timed toswitch on and off at the righttimes to heat your School. Itshouldn’t be coming on too earlyor too late.
Check your Temperature
Having temperatures at the cor-rect levels will improve condi-tions for staff and pupils, pupilstend to learn better at slightlylower temperatures . An appro-priate learning environment canbe well below 23 degrees.
Make the most of natural daylightwhenever possible, studies showpupils are most productive work-ing in natural daylight.
When computer monitors aren’tin use switch them off. PC moni-tors account for two thirds of acomputer’s energy consumption.
Heating usually accounts for atleast half of the schools annualfuel use, lowering the heating byone degree centigrade can saveabout 8% of your fuel costs.
Keep it Closed
When the heating is on keep thedoors and windows closed. If itgets too hot adjust the wall orradiator thermostat.
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