Thank you to all schools who joined our Layer Up Power Down Day on November 11th!
We had ten fabulous schools who bagged themselves 30 Energy Sparks points for logging their participation in our Layer Up Power Down Day. And hundreds more schools saved in total over £7000 and 22 tonnes of CO2 in just one day.
Imagine what all of our schools together could do over a whole year.
The results are in!
Ten schools logged taking part in our Layer Up Power Down (LUPD) Day for COP27, but many more schools and MATs have said they want to run their own LUPD day later in the year once their heating has really kicked in.
A huge round of applause to our top four schools for switching off their heating at the end of the day on Thursday and having little or no gas use all through Friday and into the weekend. Together these four schools saved nearly 2,000 kWh of gas use, enough energy to heat the hot water for 950 showers.
These schools saved over 400 kg CO2 between them in just one day.
If we take into account the additional savings for the participating schools who managed to reduce their weekend consumption as well, we saved a total of over 700 kg CO2. That’s the same amount of carbon dioxide generated when you drive a petrol car 4,450 km!
Going further with the analysis...
We went a step further with our analysis because we knew a lot of schools said they wanted to take part but hadn’t logged it on Energy Sparks. We also know that due to the warmer weather this year and higher energy costs, many schools have held off putting their heating on a lot longer. And of course, many have been reducing their bills since joining Energy Sparks. So we calculated the change in gas and electricity consumption for all of our schools between the 11th November this year and the same Friday last year - we also added a fancy temperature correction so that our analysis wasn’t skewed by it being a warmer day in 2022.
And wow! What a difference!
We have just over 400 schools with enough electricity data to compare the two days. Of those, 322 reduced their electricity consumption compared with the same day last year, with an average decrease of 14%. In total, those 400 schools saved 35,000 kWh of electricity (10 tonnes CO2), that’s enough electricity to boil 240,000 kettles.
And of the 244 schools with enough gas data to make the comparison, 162 reduced their gas use, with an average decrease of 38%. In total, those 244 schools saved 58,500 kWh of gas and 12 tonnes CO2, that's the same amount of carbon dioxide generated when you drive a petrol car 75,500 km!
Well done to schools that took part in COP27 activities
Many of us who watched what's been happening at COP27 this year might have noticed that there's still no plan to phase out fossil fuels.
Luckily, for our Energy Sparks schools, reducing fossil fuel use is a priority!
We have several activities on our website to help children understand the COP process and there is still time to take part in our COP27 programmes until the end of this term. Take a look at what some of our schools have been up to
Halfway CP School read 'Mother Earth is weeping' by Claire Donald. The book was a recommendation from Carmarthenshire County Council, especially for COP 27. They discussed why we need to act now and why there is a need for COP27. Learners were challenged and invited to think about what they as children can do to help combat climate change and what suggestions and recommendations they could offer to world leaders.
Pennar Community School held their own COP2 (Conference of Pennar 2) Climate Change Conference. The delegates presented their class's ideas for improving the sustainability of their school and community and learners voted on each suggestion.
Brrrr! Time to start thinking about how to keep warm and keep heating bills down
Now the weather is finally starting to turn colder, we've got two fantastic programmes to help your school keep heating bills and greenhouse gas emissions down this winter. Cutting heating waste has the potential to save 30% off many schools' energy bills. Get your pupils and estate staff working as a team and don't forget to record your activities on Energy Sparks to win scoreboard prizes.
Funded virtual energy audits to help you cut heating waste
The winter heating season is the best time to take advantage of our funded virtual energy audits. These one-hour online meetings between an Energy Sparks auditor and school representatives will support you to develop an action plan to address energy waste at your school.
Our auditor will take you through any issues highlighted through the Energy Sparks analysis and provide advice on how best to reduce consumption.
The main focus, initially, is on quick low-cost wins, such as looking at changing boiler timings. The session can also review strategic capital investments, for example, looking at the benefits of upgrading to LED lighting.