Creating an energy policy

How do you want to save energy in your school?

Your school's energy policy sets out how your school wishes to reduce its energy use.  Ideally your policy should address the six areas highlighted in the energy management matrix (pdf format, 23 KB) and should be tailored to suit your school's individual needs and resources.

Before you write your policy, use our Energy Management Matrix to work out your current position on energy management, and think about your ultimate aim and best practice (shown in the matrix as a score of 4).

Example policy statement

An example energy policy from a secondary school:

School X is committed to the responsible consumption of energy. We aim to reduce our environmental impact and expenditure whilst simultaneously providing a safe and effective learning environment for our students.

Things to consider

Example energy policy

An example energy policy from a primary school:

light bulbThe Green Rangers are working on an energy project in our school.

This is what we want to achieve:

  • We want to save electricity
  • We want to save money

Turn off the lights when you're not using them

Turn off your computer when you're not using it

Things to consider when writing a policy document / statement:

  • Who has responsibility for energy?
  • How will progressed be monitored?
  • How will progress be communicated?
  • Is your school willing to invest:
    • Staff resources?
    • Financial resources?
    • Senior management time?
  • How will this link to your school's development planning, financial planning and procurement of ICT and other equipment?

What you can do

You could write your own policy statement using our example above as a guide.

Ask your students to create a speech bubble with their energy saving ideas and/ or the outcomes they would like to achieve.