Energy use and businesses
Cutting energy use reduces costs, boosts profit and provides funds for reinvestment within the business. Advice is available from a wide range of organisations, including:
- Devon Association for Renewable Energy
- Carbon Trust
- Global Action Plan
- Energy Saving Trust
- Travel Devon Toolkit
Energy use and schools
Curriculum-resources and energy management advice are available in the SEACS Project Toolkit, joint-funded by the EU and Devon County Council. There is, for example:
- A self-evaluation matrix to guide you on your energy awareness journey;
- Primary and secondary-age lesson plans for Design & Technology, French, Science and PSHE;
- Tips on running a whole-school awareness raising campaign;
- Guidance for arranging a United Nations style Climate Summit;
- Templates and guidance to help your school audit and measure its energy consumption, and;
- Case studies and videos showing how others have used the tools.
A number of resources available to help your school work effectively on energy conservation by raising awareness and taking appropriate, targeted action have been developed by Devon County Council through the SEACS project and are available for loan from the Devon Association for Renewable Energy. These resources offer your pupils an excellent opportunity to develop their insight into renewable energy and energy efficiency. The materials are designed to be used in line with the national curriculum. Contact DARE to find out more.
The Carbon Trust has produced a free guide aimed at school premise or business managers. It contains an overview of opportunities to reduce energy costs in schools and provides links to more detailed technical information from the Carbon Trust.