Energy pilot saves money for Sunderland school

John Hallworth, headteacher at Thornhill School.
John Hallworth, headteacher at Thornhill School.
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City schools have the chance to take part in a new energy reduction scheme, saving carbon and cash.

Thornhill School has already taken part in a pilot project, Salix Schools: Switching to Low Energy, and as a result expects to save more then £10,000 a year.

All schools across England are being asked to take up this challenge and change their school’s carbon footprint.

And, Sunderland and County Durham schools have the opportunity to play a significant part in helping the country to achieve its carbon reduction targets and to contribute to the global carbon reduction picture.

The responsibility lies with every school and the opportunity for all schools in the country to get involved in acting locally is financed by the pilot scheme Salix Schools: Switching to Low Energy.

It is offering 40 state maintained schools the opportunity to explore their individual energy levels and reduce their consumption to the lowest point possible with scope for a second phase in 2016 for more schools and academies to be involved.

Pilot surveys using these strategies across the country have shown participating schools that they could reduce their energy consumption by 30 per cent if they installed the technologies identified.

Thornhill School is just one of the many public sector organisations to benefit from Salix funding. The business and enterprise college has reduced its energy costs per pupil by more than £12 per annum by upgrading their lighting, resulting in annual savings of £10,848 and lifetime savings of £138,972.

Headteacher, John Hallworth, said: “The new lighting has transformed our building into a much brighter and stimulating place to learn, whilst saving energy and money.

“I would advise schools to take advantage of this funding opportunity and work with your local authority to maximise the difference it can make.”

The technologies available to participating schools include cooling systems for ICT equipment, thin client installation, energy efficient hand dryers, server replacement and virtualisation, as well as the core technologies such as LED lighting, boiler replacement and insulation.

Any school interested in participating in the pilot, Salix Schools: Switching to Low Energy, should email schoolsapplication@salixfinance.co.uk for an expression of interest form.