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There are several organisations that provide advice and support to schools who want to make energy savings.
The Carbon Trust are independent experts who offer advice on carbon reduction and resource efficiency. They have a tailored schools' service, which involves working directly with local authorities and schools to develop low- and no-cost energy saving solutions.
They have also developed and application called Empower for Schools, designed to help teachers, staff and pupils play a part in achieving energy and carbon savings for their school.
The Eco-Schools programme helps schools become sustainable. Schools who register follow a step-by-step programme to address a variety of environmental themes, ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity.
The RE:FIT schools energy efficiency programme is the first major programme to address energy efficiency in schools. RE:FIT will help 200 of London’s schools and academies by investing in school buildings, which will improve both energy efficiency and the environment for pupils and staff. Salix Finance, who were set up by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), are providing the funding for this project.
School energy should be bought through a Public Sector Buying Organisation (PSBOs). They offer a range of fully compliant energy options for schools and academies. These contracts were set up by expert energy buyers and access to these contracts is usually through your local authority. If not, contact one of the PSBOs below:
The Green Deal is a government initiative to increase the energy efficiency of homes and businesses.
Due to HM Treasury regulations regarding private finance borrowing, public sector bodies – including schools – cannot currently access the Green Deal. We are currently working to identify a suitable solution to this.
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Top tips to reduce energy and water use in schools.
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Find out about simple and cheap measures which could allow schools to use less energy, save money on energy bills and reduce carbon emissions.
An online subscription based tool designed to help staff and pupils to cut carbon and save money on energy bills.
A Mayor of London’s scheme to provide a commercial model for public bodies.
An energy-buying group representing local authorities and other publicly funded bodies.
CBS has local authority members representing most of the major authorities from the Midlands to the South East. Register as a member to access contracts available to schools.
The NEPO portal is to allow sharing of information about existing contracts between councils and suppliers and offer a number of contracts for schools.
The 'buying power behind the public sector' website provides products and services accessible to local authorities and has a number of national contracts available to schools.
This government service has a number of national energy contracts available to schools.
Government initiative to increase the energy efficiency of homes and businesses.