Schools are investing in a variety of renewable energy opportunities including LED lighting, installing solar panels, energy management systems as well as making more environmentally conscious decisions around waste and electricity use.
Every dollar wasted on energy bills is taking away the economical opportunity to enhance school learning environments for Australian students. By implementing energy efficient initiatives, schools can help prevent the onset of greenhouse gas emissions, whilst help build their profile as an environmentally friendly and ethical learning institution.
The savings made from improved energy performance can be used to upgrade buildings and facilities around the school, as well as investing greater resources into advancing the quality of teaching being delivered. All in all, enhancing the quality of the learning environment provided for students, creating a more attractive and well-rounded option for parents to consider when deciding on a school to send their children to.
The National Schools Solar program was a government-funded program, which provided over $217 million to 5,310 schools across Australia to install a range of renewable energy efficiency measures. The solar power systems installed produced enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4600 average households per day (National Solar Schools Program, 2016).
This government funded program aimed to educate students about renewable energy and how everyday actions can prevent the production of greenhouse gases. However these schools had no way of tracking how much electricity they were saving and how much solar was going to waste. This is where investing in an energy management device can be worthwhile.
An energy management smart hub such as a carbonTRACK, allows users to track how much energy is bought and how much solar is generated, used and exported. By using this data, school administrators are able to make informed decisions on investments, such as infrastructure upgrades, as well as having the ability to set parameters to receive alerts about unusual energy use behaviour.
carbonTRACK allows users to visualise their electricity usage and ensure solar produced is not wasted. These benefits of an energy management hub have shown to improve results, as a sites energy use can be saved by 5-10% with proper monitoring and metering in place (Sustainability Victoria, 2015, p.4). Installing an energy management device such as carbonTRACK into your school ensures clarity around energy usage and allows you to measure your schools progress over time.