Reduce the amount of energy used at your school and reap the benefits of lower energy bills and importantly, less CO2 emissions. Lead in the area of energy efficiency and become a role model for other schools.
Energy Management for Schools
We have been working with the Department of Education and Skills for a number of years on a range of energy efficiency initiatives for schools. Our Energy in Education programme provides:
- training courses for schools
- resources for schools - factsheets, videos and case studies
- technical support for contractors and boards of management
- guidance documents
A most informative course, you will make savings for your school. Saving money on energy consumption provides finance for other curricular areas.
Training courses for schools
We provide energy management training tailored specifically for schools. Both our offerings below are suitable for teachers, principals, Green-Schools co-ordinators and members of the Board of Management.
Our first offering is an introductory, 20 minute module in our online Energy Academy called ‘Saving Energy in Schools’. This introduces you to the main energy consumers in schools, energy management principles, tips and advice for saving energy in schools.
Our second, more advanced, offering is our Energy in Education training course. Learn how to read and really understand your energy bill and energy use within your school. Progress then to develop and implement your own energy saving plan for the School.
- Attend two half day workshops*. We will work our way through a five step energy management process using guides and workbooks
- We will provide access to resources, online tools and expert advice
- We give you the opportunity to network with other schools to share knowledge and experience
- We will arrange an energy advisor to undertake an energy assessment of your school at no cost (subject to availability and meeting eligibility criteria)
Note* The workshops may be delivered completely online or in a blended format. Courses will be run in early 2022.Register your interest
Monitoring and Reporting (M&R)
Over 77% of schools reported their energy use this year - a big thank you to all schools. In a year where schools faced huge challenges, this was a great achievement and a significant increase on last year. Your scorecard will be available from 24th September.
Tracking and understanding the energy consumption in your school each year will assist you in identifying opportunities to reduce energy usage and costs.
An online Monitoring and Reporting (M&R) system has been developed so schools can report their annual energy consumption, which is required under legislation. The system will generate a scorecard for your school. This will show you a graph of your annual energy use so you can easily see if it is going up, down or staying the same. This can help you with your energy audit for your Green Flag.
- SEAI will write to schools in early January 2022 reminding them of the reporting requirement.
- Training workshops take place nationwide in February and March 2022.
- Deadline for submission of 2021 data will be spring 2022.
- Scorecards will be available to view via the online system from 24th September 2021.
Investment Opportunities for Schools
Energy efficiency measures undertaken on schools are unique, primarily due to the occupancy hours and nature of use. Typically, 60-70% of energy consumption in a school is expended on heating demand, with 30-40% on electrical demand (lighting and services). We recommend the energy efficiency measures below for schools.
- Insulate the building - including cavity wall insulation, dry lining, external insulation, attic insulation, roof insulation, and air-tightness
- Implement building fabric measures - including doors and windows
- Upgrade mechanical systems - including boiler replacement, zoning of heating systems, heating controls within each classroom, pipe insulation, boiler controls and water conservation
- Install a Building Management System (BMS)
- Upgrade your electrics - primarily lighting system upgrades (classrooms to T5 or LED, common areas to LED)
Schools and their designers and contractors should note that all works undertaken in schools must be compliant with the relevant Department of Education Technical Guidance Documents (TGDs).Access technical guidance documents
Grants for Schools
Here at SEAI, we offer two programmes that provide financial support for schools considering an energy efficiency upgrade.
SEAI Communities Grant
Schools and Community Organisations can avail of up to 50% grant funding through our Community grant scheme.
This scheme requires the grant application to be made by a diverse group of bodies within a community – including residential, private sector, public sector and not-for-profit/community organisations. As a result, partnership is essential for a successful application. You should seek partnership with your energy supplier, local energy agency, or an experienced community coordinator.
The grant scheme opens in November each year and applications must be made by end January the following year. Projects must be completed and fully paid for by October each year. It is unlikely that a school would be the lead applicant so schools should seek experienced coordinators and become part of their application.
National Energy Efficiency Upgrade Pilot for Schools
Since 2017 SEAI have worked with the Department of Education and Skills to select a number of schools to take part in a national energy efficiency upgrade pilot scheme. We completed medium to deep retrofit measures which resulted in average energy cost reductions of 36%.
This pilot scheme aims to demonstrate the best practice for energy efficiency investments in schools.
*There is no application system for this pilot. The project partners select schools which meet the objectives of the pilot. It is worth noting that previous participation in the Energy in Education training, and compliance with the Monitoring and Reporting, was a prerequisite for school selection.