Improved efficiency could save academic sector nearly £9.4m

New data has revealed that better energy efficiency could deliver nearly £9.4 million in savings per year across over 1,500 colleges, school and universities analysed.

EDF Energy’s PowerReport reveals that by putting in place various energy efficiency measures, the average campus could achieve a total saving of as much as £37,110 per year, which is the equivalent of 371 student laptops for the new academic year.

The estimated energy savings could save 32,421 tonnes of CO2 per year across the 1,792 campuses.

Vincent de Rul, Director of Energy Solutions at EDF Energy, believes that although energy efficiency has been a UK-wide focus for a number of years, the company’s analysis of the sites shows that the majority of organisations can “still make meaningful carbon reductions that result in significant savings through very simple changes.”

“Our data covers a relatively small proportion of the UK’s education organisations – imagine what the impact would be if all UK campuses made even the simplest of changes, whether that be efficient lighting or occupancy sensors?” he said.

“As the UK has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, we want to demonstrate that all schools, colleges and universities can achieve positive results one change at a time.”

EDF Energy’s analysis, which is based on energy consumption data and external data about the building such as weather or building type, examines the educational sites remotely using energy consumption data to understand the potential for energy efficiency and carbon reductions at campuses across the country.    

According to the figures, over half of the campuses analysed could make huge cost and emission savings simply by installing energy efficient lighting, with organisations able to potentially make annual savings of £6,719 per site on average by installing efficient lighting, which would reduce their carbon emissions by 22 tonnes per year.

Furthermore, over 65 per cent could make savings by optimising their operational schedule, which might include turning heating off more promptly when users leave the building.

Maria Vetrone, Deputy Principal Finance and Resources, Nescot, commented: “PowerNow is incredibly important to the college because we are now seeing the information and data to make decisions on how we use energy, to get costs down so we can release those savings back into the curriculum.

“We as a college would recommend all organisations to implement such a product if they are keen to reduce their energy consumption and costs.”

EDF Energy used their remote monitoring tool, PowerReport, to identify saving opportunities at a total of 1,792 school, university and college sites in the UK. PowerReport provides an analysis of energy efficiency that measures data across a business’s site to identify where energy is being consumed and the potential energy savings.

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