en10ergy are running a pilot project to cut carbon emissions and energy bills at 5 Tottenham schools and 1 in Wood Green.
In the UK, schools account for over 50% of carbon emissions by local authorities. So for our 40:20 campaign here in Haringey, the Council wants schools to cut their carbon emissions by 50% by 2015 – a very ambitious target.
Schools have big budgets for energy – £100k a year for a secondary school, and £30k a year for a primary. Saving energy saves money. So installing cost-effective energy saving measures, means we save both carbon and money.
The Council has a Schools Sustainable Investment Fund (SSIF). This gives zero-interest loans to schools to install efficiency measures. The savings on energy bills then repay the loan.
But schools have to know what measures would work for them. And they don’t have the time to find out.
This is where en10ergy has stepped in. In December last year we provided free energy audits to six primary schools. The audits identified plenty of scope for energy saving and we are now helping the schools to apply for Council funding.
Once the pilot completes in Summer, we will be looking to see if we can extend our help to other Haringey Schools, possibly through a cut-down ‘self-audit’ process.