Virtual Schoolbag (VSB)
The LESS CO2 programme includes mentoring from Ashden Award-winning schools and plenty of resources for help you along your energy saving journey. The topics of discussion and on-to-one advice covered in the four workshops during the programme, among others, include:
- Quick wins and no to low cost energy saving measures
- Building fabric improvement
- Behavioural change and engaging pupils and staff with energy saving campaigns
- Integrating energy awareness and sustainability into the curriculum or learning programme
Ashden are offering places to schools to take part in this free programme in East Sussex. Whether the school has already made a start in cutting energy use or is starting from scratch, all that they need to participate is commitment from the Head and management team, and plenty of enthusiasm.
This is a very popular programme with over 30 schools in East Sussex having taken part so far. Below are some savings figures for the first 3 of the 4 programmes that have taken place so far in East Sussex. (The fourth has not been included because we do not have a year’s worth of data yet.)
Overall, schools that participated in the LESS CO2 programme saw a 5.4% decrease in electricity consumption in the 12 months from their first workshop when schools that did not participate saw a 1.5% decrease. The overall average electricity saving per school in the 12 months from the first workshop was £875
Overall, schools that participated in the LESS CO2 programme saw a 5.5% decrease in gas consumption in the 12 months from their first workshop when schools that did not participate saw a 3.3% increase. The overall average gas saving per school in the 12 months from the first workshop was £326.
The next LESS CO2 programme in East Sussex will start this autumn. If you would like to be included, please register your interest on the LESS CO2 website.
If you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact me or Alex Green, the programme manager, contact details below.
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Energy Efficiency Officer - Energy
Phone: 01273 336167
Ashden LESS CO2 Programme Manager
Phone: 07588 886360