13 Jun 2013 01:06:07
Schools invited to benchmark energy performance to reduce costs and shrink carbon footprint
Schools are invited to take part in the ENER-G Schools National Energy Management Survey to help benchmark their energy performance and identify opportunities to reduce energy bills and cut their carbon footprint.
Gas and electricity bills are forecast to continue rising. With educational budget constraints and increasing environmental legislation, it is important for schools to purchase energy at the best possible price and reduce consumption to cut expense and avoid carbon taxes.
Mark Alston, general manager for ENER-G Procurement, said: "We have launched the survey as we recognise that many head teachers, estates managers, financial managers and bursars are eager to adopt smart energy purchasing strategies and reduce energy consumption, but are confused as to where to seek out best practice. The national survey findings will enable them to benchmark their school's progress against others and identify opportunities to cut costs and increase environmental performance.
The survey is anonymous, but schools have an option to request an individual feedback report and review of actions they could take to save money and reduce their carbon footprint.
Mark Alston added: "Schools should set their baseline financial plans assuming year-on-year market price increases, but these can be mitigated by adopting best practice purchasing strategies and energy efficiency improvements. Gathering intelligence and insights into strategies that work for other similar schools will help them make the best use of squeezed budgets."
ENER-G Procurement, part of ENER-G plc, is an independent energy purchasing and management specialist that advises schools on energy cost reduction. The company is a founding member of the energy procurement watchdog Utilities Intermediaries Association (UIA) and is official energy services provider to members of the British Chambers of Commerce and EEF, the UK manufacturers' organisation.
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