Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar

Sgoiltean Uaine ENERGY AWARDS 2011/12
BE GREEN SWITCH OFF LIGHTS SWITCH OFF COMPUTERS KEEP DOORS CLOSED TURN DOWN HEATING
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01/04/2011

Western Isles Schools to cut carbon by 5% in 2012
In 2011/12 all Schools in the Western Isles will be doing their bit to tackle climate change. Many Schools in the Western Isles are already working very hard to reduce their energy bills and their impact on the environment. The Sgoiltean Uaine Energy Award program 2011/12 will help support Schools to attain energy awards whilst also providing assistance towards existing programme's such as EcoSchools. Energy efficiency training will be available for all School staff and pupils as well as information on renewable technology and other sustainable issues Schools are to be encouraged to make a 5% cut in energy usage over the coming financial year.

All school staff and pupils will have access to all their energy usage figures allowing them to see the differThe Carbon Trust estimate that ence that their actions make. simple no cost behavioural School staff and pupils will change measures can save 10% be kept updated throughout the year as to their progress of energy use in a building. towards the 5% reduction target.
This 5% cut equates to a saving of 324 tonnes of CO2 for schools in the Western Isles

Energy Efficiency is about using less Energy to provide Schools will be encouraged the same level of service to formulate an energy policy

USE AN INTELLIGENT POWER PLUG. IT DETECTS WHEN YOUR COMPUTER IS SWITCHED OFF AND THEN POWERS OFF ALL THE OTHER PERIPHERALS ON THE SAME PLUG E.G. MONITOR, PRINTER, PHONE CHARGER OR, USE IT FOR YOUR TV WHEN YOU TURN OFF THE TV IT WILL TURN OFF YOUR FREEVIEW BOX, VIDEO, DVD PLAYER ETC.

with participation of staff and pupils, this could form part of work already ongoing through Eco-Committees or be something completely new.

Saving 324 tonnes of C02 is the equivalent of reducing bus mileage by 1,876,284 miles.

School Energy use in 2010/11 = 6474 tons CO2
Form an Energy Team at your School
Allocate responsibility to a team of key staff and pupils who can focus the whole school on saving energy. Ideally the team: should be supported by the Head Teacher Appoint a School Energy Manager Include Janitor and cleaning staff Nominate pupils to act as energy monitors Involve the whole School

School Heating Temperatures to be capped at 23 Degrees. To try and combat the ever increasing energy costs the heating temperature in schools will be capped at 23 degrees centigrade, this means that where applicable schools will have a temperature set point at a maximum of 20 degrees C with the ability to change the temperature by +/- 3 degrees.

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Plan ahead and try 'sit boiling' which is great for saving energy in the kitchen. Just boil your veggies, pasta or rice for a few minutes on full heat, remove from the hob but keep covered, and leave to finish cooking in the hot water. You may have to experiment a bit to get the timings right, but once you get the hang of it, you'll wonder why you didn't try it before!

Help on offer to cut your carbon
The Education Energy Efficiency Officer, Ruaraidh Ferguson can provide a range of services designed to help you cut your carbon footprint. Energy Efficiency training is available for all staff and pupils, this can be carried out at a time suitable to yourselves to accommodate staff meetings etc Presentations on Renewable Energy sustainability and energy efficiency to fit in with projects ongoing within the School. Demonstrations of Energy Performance software is available to all schools helping to understand what can impact on energy usage Energy Performance Reports are available for some Schools, and access on energy information available for all. Access to best practice from other schools, there is a lot of excellent work being carried out within Schools in the Western Isles, a central database will enable all Schools to access best practice where appropriate Many Schools now have online access to their electrical usage, more Schools will go online this year. Monthly and quarterly monitoring will ensure that all Schools and their energy committees will be aware of how they are performing against the hoped for 5% reduction in energy usage

Good Housekeeping Measures
Heating
Keep it Under Control Make sure the heating is timed to switch on and off at the right times to heat your School. It shouldn’t be coming on too early or too late. Check your Temperature Keep it Closed When the heating is on keep the doors and windows closed. If it gets too hot adjust the wall or radiator thermostat. Having temperatures at the correct levels will improve conditions for staff and pupils, pupils tend to learn better at slightly lower temperatures . An appropriate learning environment can be well below 23 degrees. Natural Light Make the most of natural daylight whenever possible, studies show pupils are most productive working in natural daylight. Heating usually accounts for at least half of the schools annual fuel use, lowering the heating by one degree centigrade can save about 8% of your fuel costs. Computers When computer monitors aren’t in use switch them off. PC monitors account for two thirds of a computer’s energy consumption.

Find out how to save energy and money at www.sust-it.net This useful site lists thousands of electrical appliances and goods according to how much energy they use

Energy Monitoring at Eriskay School
The photo to the left shows the form that Eriskay School use to monitor their daily electricity usage. This is done on a rotational basis by the P6/7 pupils. The pupils gain skills in recording and reading different sets of data, making comparisons and therefore understanding how we change our behaviour to improve efficiency and become more eco-friendly as a school. In the first column pupils record the cost of the electricity, in the second the units used and in the third the carbon emitted as a result of the energy used. Using the monitor and recording their energy usage helped Eriskay to be awarded their second Green Flag. Congratulations to the School and community.

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Renewable Technology
Size of Turbine/ PV array Annual Generation kWh’s Sgoil Na Loch Balallan School Paible School Iochdar School Wind turbines are producing electricity and cutting the Comhairle's Carbon footprint at Sgoil na Loch, Balallan School, Paible School and South Uist Care Home, whilst a Photovoltaic array at Sir E Scott School is providing electricity and cutting carbon direct from daylight. 2.5 kW 2.5 kW 2.5 kW 5 kW 2737 2543 1937 6980 37784 11660 Annual Carbon Saving Kg 1489 1383 1054 3797 20554 6459 South Uist Care Home 3 x 6 kW Sir E Scott School 21 kWP PV array

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63641 kWh’s

34376 KG C02

School Energy Tables
As the Comhairle's school estate is so varied in terms of age of buildings and types of heating it would be very difficult to compare schools energy use on a like for like basis. What is proposed is that schools energy usage is monitored under 3 sections, energy use per square meter, energy use per pupil and % energy reduction against energy use for the previous year. School staff and pupils will have access to all information so they can compare against Schools of a similar type and hopefully share information and ideas on how to be more efficient with the energy that they use. Schools will then have the ability to highlight and use information from throughout the Schools estate within the wider curriculum. The energy tables will run from 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012. Although this doesn’t follow the School year it is easier to access financial information for this period. However it does mean that energy efficiency policies will be able to transcend the School year with a continuation of activities as pupils move between years,

Where does your Energy go?
The chart to the left shows how the energy is used in a typical school, with 63% of energy being used to heat the school and provide hot water. However when you look at the chart on the right, which highlights how much each function costs in a typical school you will begin to notice some differences, remember these figures will differ from school

Useful publications
The following publications can be found on the Carbon Trust website: www.thecarbontrust.co.uk

CTL67: Schools sector walk Around checklist

CTV037: A whole School Approach

GIL147: Energy Saving factsheet: Schools

CTV023: Practical energy management

Ruaraidh Ferguson Education Energy Efficiency Officer ruaraidh.ferguson@cne-siar.gov.uk Ext 211432

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