From nurseries to universities, and every school system in between, operating costs are increasing year on year. So saving money on utility bills, like electricity, is an important concern for many head teachers and facility managers. But how can schools save money on electricity bills this winter? And what kind of steps can be taken to create a more energy efficient environment? Well, here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical and lighting experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to help your school reduce the electricity bills this winter.
How can schools save money on electricity bills this winter?
So, how can your school reduce the electricity costs this winter? Well, you could consider:
- Making sure all computers are “pinged” to shut down straight after school finishes. When left on, your school computers use a massive amount of electricity, even just on standby mode. These need to be fully shut down, to help you save money.
- Making sure all lights are turned off after use. Without motion lighting this will involve a manual check, but it could help stop your school paying for wasted electricity.
- Turning down the thermostat on any electric heating equipment. Some halls and gyms use electric heating and cooling systems. Turning these on only when absolutely necessary, and turning the thermostat down can help reduce electricity consumption.
Retrofitting energy efficiency solutions
Retrofitting energy efficient options isn’t always possible for some schools, and where this is an option, it can be expensive. But if you were to consider retro-fitting, you could look at:
- LED lighting- LED lighting is much more energy efficient than any other lighting type. This means that it uses less electricity to power the bulb, as well as lasting up to thirty times longer than other bulbs. LED lights across your school could make a big difference to your electricity bill.
- Insulation- cavity wall insulation and loft insulation can be a good way to save on heating bills, and reduce reliance on any electric heaters and radiators.
For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at Walker Electrical.