Why should you monitor your school's energy use?
To measure the success of any steps to manage and reduce energy use, you need to know how much energy you use at the outset! Monitoring your energy use helps you to:
- establish a baseline and your current energy use
- identify any irregular patterns of use and increases. This is especially important as energy bills are likely to continue to increase.
- recognise when a reduction is made and gives a sense of accomplishment
- is an interesting learning tool and can be incorporated into the curriculum..
There are several ways to monitor your energy use.
Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) devices
Most Oxfordshire schools can now monitor and measure their energy consumption online using recently installed Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) devices.
AMRs give you detailed information about your daily energy consumption. Viewing this detail may help you spot opportunities to reduce your energy use. For example, is the school heating set to come on too early; staying on too late? Does the level of electricity use drop off in the evening, or does usage remain high showing that lights, monitors, or other electrical equipment may have been left on when the school is not being used?
If you have meters that are not covered by AMR you will still want to manually read the meter. The meter reading guide (pdf format 360 KB) shows how to read several different types of electricity and gas meters.
Alternatively, you can watch this Youtube video for guidance.
Building user diaries
Creating a building user diary is a good way to compare your energy use with the way in which your building is being occupied across the day. View a sample diary (pdf format, 145 KB)
Monitoring and managing your energy consumption is an early step in implementing an Energy Management System.
This system will typically result in energy reduction of 10%, so will save you money on your energy bills.