Reducing our Carbon Footprint
How are we Reducing our Carbon Footprint?
The school takes, the importance of us reducing our carbon footprint very seriously. Whilst we have not made enormous steps we are starting to look at long-term projects and this overview is to give an update as to where we are now.
With the exception of the Teresa and Theatre buildings, because they did not need new lighting, all new lights installed as part of our last 5 year testing report in 2013, as part of the remedial work have had motion sensor switching so that they turn off automatically when there is no movement for a period of 15 minutes. All replacements are energy saving bulbs.
Over the summer of 2018 we will be having our next 5 year electrical testing and it is hoped further savings will be identified which we can implement next year. Moving forward we will be updating some of our current fluorescent tubes over to LED lighting as they start to fail which will reduce consumption but also the cost of disposing of the current tubes.
Recycling continues to be popular and we are always seeking to find other items, in consultation with our refuse collection/other companies that we can recycle. We are currently looking at packaging and items of waste from the kitchen to see how this can be reduced or whether more can be recycled. This is ongoing.
New Boiler Control Panels and Sensors
Although the new boiler control panels commissioned because the old ones failed and needed to be replaced as an emergency, we took the opportunity to replace with ones that are going to give us better temperature control within buildings and help us to save on the amount of energy we use.
New photocopiers installed during summer 2013 are much quicker and more efficient and automatically, when not in use, go on to standby in a shorter period of time These machines are still working efficiently and still offer us the opportunity to offer ‘follow me printing which greatly reduces the cost of copying. We are looking, as standalone printers fail, whether other larger machines with ‘follow me’ printing functionality, centrally placed, can serve other areas in the school as a more cost effective, energy efficient solution for smaller groups of people/departments.
Whole School Computers
Energy saving devices installed:-
- Upgraded to Windows 7 - automatically puts monitors on to ‘ power save’ after a short period of inactivity.
- After a longer period it will turn off the hard drive and most other components.
- In the evening we have ‘shut down script’ which runs at the end of the day – varies from day to day due to site being open longer on some days.
- SCCM installed which allows us to specify finer control over power management alongside Windows group policy as a more general power management system.
After consideration of some of the issues we have had in the past with Thames Water and looking at our consumption we have taken the stance that where possible we would replace with more ‘consumption efficient’ toilet cisterns and taps. These are installed in Curie and Moles student toilets and Bronte and Pankhurst staff toilets.
Eco Hand Driers
Rolling programme to replace old fashioned hand driers that take a longer time to dry wet hands with new eco-friendly ones that are lower voltage and use less electricity.
As part of our three year maintenance plan we have identified energy savings within certain areas of the school. With the successful CIF bid received in 2014 we have been able to update and replace some of the worst old metal windows and doors, across the school with new PVC ones. In 2016 and 2018, following two successful bids to get additional money from the Governments Capital Investment Fund, we have been able in to be replace the roof on Curie building and over the summer of 2018 the roof on Pankhurst building. The insulation installed will be of a higher quality than was there before thus keeping heat in during the winter and heat out in the summer.
We have successfully managed to slowly see our energy consumption come down in our larger buildings, Moles, Curie and Pankhurst through our Energy Display Certificates which is Government statutory obligation that we have to show in buildings which benchmarks performance indicative with buildings of a similar type. All three buildings are now below, albeit fractionally, the typical level that they are expected to be. We will continue to work towards making this gap lower.
Summer Term 2018
M Partington – School Business Manager