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Knowing how much electricity and fuel your school or centre uses and how much it costs will help you to become more efficient in the way that you use energy resources.  Advice about more efficient use of energy for your school or centre is available in the Energy Efficient Schools Guide.

What data will we collect?

  • What the school or centre pays for energy use. 
  • The type and amount of various forms of energy your school or centre uses.
  • Whether or not you have on-site electricity generation or use solar energy for water heating. If your school or centre has alternative electricity generation on site, you will need to have meters installed so that you can monitor how much electricity is being generated. 

How much time will it take?

You may decide to collect all of your data on one day of the year, or you may prefer to collect data once a term. You will need to set up a process to ensure you will have access to all the electricity and fuel accounts when you need them and that you have any monitoring devices that you need installed. These devices may need monitoring on a more regular basis.

A small team should be enough to go through your records for the year and transfer the information onto the Energy Audit Summary. 

Resources to download:

  1. Teacher Support Activities - Energy to provide a context for the energy audit.  
  2. Instructions and Data Collection Sheets - Energy to guide you through the audit process.
  3. Energy Audit Summary Sheet to record your overall results.

You will need:

  • To talk to your administration staff and arrange a time to go through electricity and fuel accounts and related information.
  • Copies of the accounts for electricity and gas and information on the cost and amount of other energy sources used such as diesel, coal, firewood and biofuels. For gas you will need gas accounts and information on the size and how many gas bottles you use.
  • To find out how the amount of electricity generated from any on-site electricity generation, such as photovoltaic panels or wind turbines,  is monitored and recorded.  
  • A tape measure and access to any thermal or electricity generating panels so that you can measure their area.

A note on uploading data to Measuring Change 

At this stage the upload data and reporting functions are not up and running for Energy, so for now keep your Energy Audit Summary in a safe place so that you can track the changes when you repeat the audit in another year.