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Call to assist state schools in reducing energy bills

12 August 2020

Analysis of state school energy consumption shows that an estimated four out of every five schools have yet to switch to using LED lighting.

This is costing each school more than £18,500 per year on average and contributing over 572,000 tonnes of carbon emissions to the UK's total.

With an average classroom costing £400 per year to light using older and inefficient systems, this reduces by around 25% to £100 when LED lighting is used.

Further to this, it is claimed that state schools are prevented from utilising funding solutions by red tape.

The analysis and claims are made by eEnergy Group following a study of over 100 schools made by a group member.

The company has stated that it has found state schools to be prevented from signing leasing agreements for the installation of new systems by procurement rules and is calling for greater clarity to allow them to reduce their energy bills.

It also refers to the £1bn of grants announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to make public sector buildings more energy efficient.

This is deemed insufficient to assist state schools, which represent a small proportion of the public sector estate.

eEnergy Group chief executive officer Harvey Sinclair said: "The idea of making all schools more energy efficient is a no-brainer.

"We can deliver energy efficiency improvements at scale without the need for schools to dip into their budgets.

"The savings pay for everything. As well as cutting carbon, it would free up cash from stretched school budgets as well as creating thousands of jobs for contractors across the UK," said Mr Sinclair.

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