According to the Carbon Trust, UK schools collectively spend around £543 million on energy per year.
Schools and education institutions use large amounts of energy. This leads to large expenses on heating and powering buildings. Consumption is particularly high in classrooms, kitchens and offices. Whilst there are ways to reduce consumption, it is often the case that they are on the incorrect energy tariff. This is a key contributor to overspending. Careful planning and energy savings could be used to invest in other areas of the school.
We understand how important it is for schools to reduce their overheads. Investing in necessary equipment can get expensive. We have helped schools, college's and universities save money on their energy.
Our energy price comparison service is completely free of charge. You can have a list of great deals in under 60 seconds. These deals will also be tailored to your needs. For more advanced needs, our experts are on hand to advise. This includes installing multi-site meters for multiple buildings.
If you’re looking for ways to reduce your school’s utility bills, why not compare energy prices with us today?
How to lower your school’s energy bills
The average UK secondary school spends around £90,000 every year on electricity. It’s no wonder that many schools already make a conscious effort to increase efficiency. This is not only to reduce bills but also to reduce their carbon footprint.
Encouraging energy efficiency in schools is important because it educates students on climate change.
Many schools rely on expensive energy brokers. This means they are usually stuck on a tariff that increases in price every year. We aim to put a stop to schools’ unnecessarily high energy bills. When you compare gas, electricity or other utility contract deals with us, you’ll get access to some of the best value tariffs available on the market.
Here are some of the best ways to pay less for your business energy:
Lighting can account for 50% of a school’s energy consumption. You can reduce the amount you spend on lighting in a number of ways. And most of them are simple!
LED lights are a great investment. They use 90% less energy than standard incandescent lightbulbs and they last 25% longer. Replacing all the lights in your school with LEDs can therefore help to reduce energy consumption and lower your bills.
You should get all departments, year heads and administration staff on board with efforts to reduce energy usage. Encourage your team to ensure that lights are not left on and that they are turned off overnight and on weekends.
The majority of us are heavily reliant on technology. Modern educational buildings are staring to introduce more tech. This means higher business energy bills. These devices are often key for a number of subjects such as IT, design and for general research.
To reduce the amount of energy consumed by these devices, you should encourage everyone (both students and teachers) to turn them off by the switch when they are not in use. Avoid standby mode. This is also the case with chargers.
Renewable energy is an increasingly growing topic of interest for all businesses. Resources such as wind turbines and solar panels can help to reduce your school’s carbon footprint. It also shows your local community that you are dedicated to improving efficiency.
You can even make profits from investing in a renewable energy source. This is done through the government’s Feed-in-Tariff/Smart Export Guarantee scheme. Through this programme, you’ll get paid for any excess energy that you export to the National Grid.
Why choose Business Energy for your school’s energy switch?
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Enter your details into our comparison engine and you’ll be provided with a number of quotes. These are from both leading and independent suppliers.
We manage your switch for free
Our experts will take the reins once you choose your new tariff. We’ll contact your old and new supplier and keep you updated every step of the way.
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Switch your school’s utilities in one place with Business Energy
It’s our goal to ensure that your school gets the best deal for your utilities. This includes gas, electricity and water supply.
Find the most suitable tariff for your school’s electricity supply and watch your energy bills reduce over time.
It’s important for your students to be comfortable. This often means expensive heating and energy bills. Find a cheaper gas deal to keep your bills as low as possible.
Many schools aren’t aware that they can switch water suppliers. Use our services to find out if there’s a better deal on offer.
How long does it take to switch school energy suppliers?
You should be prepared for your school’s energy switch to take longer than a domestic energy supplier switch.
On average, business energy switches can take around 4-6 weeks. However, timescales can vary.
Can I compare energy suppliers for more than one school?
If you’re a council or institution with multiple locations, you could consolidate your bills. This is through a multi-site tariff.
With this type of energy contract, your meters can be consolidated into one account. This makes managing your energy costs and consumption much easier.
Our energy experts can provide you with everything you need to know about multi-site contracts. They’ll help you find the best deal for your school’s needs.
Is there a cost involved in switching energy supplier?
Our energy comparison service is completely free of charge. Business Energy will never charge your school or college for our supplier switching service.
If your current energy contract is still active, you may be charged an early exit fee. We recommend getting in touch with your current energy provider to find out if you’ll be charged. You should then factor this into any savings you’ll make by switching.