Lancasterian Primary School, Tottenham
Action at Schools
Lancasterian Primary School took part in the Action for Energy project, funded by Haringey Council between January and June 2009.
The dedicated school achieved a 32.5% reduction in electricity consumption, which over a year equates to approximately 4 tonnes of CO2.
What is Action on Energy?
Action on Energy empowers students to create environmental change within their school and local community by reducing energy usage and raising environmental awareness.
First the student action team conducted an energy audit of the school taking daily meter readings and habit spot checks. From these results they compiled a comprehensive action plan of what was needed to reduce energy wastage.
The plan was implemented by the students and staff. After working on a campaign to raise awareness, a second audit was completed to show the change in behaviour and energy consumption.
The action team was made up of pupils from years 2-6. The team took a number of actions to reduce energy use in the school:
- Designing and making reminder checklists for each classroom telling students and staff to turn everything off at break, lunch and home time.
- Creating a campaign called ‘We care’ with its own poem that the whole school learned.
- Appointing energy monitors for every class.
The results from the energy habit spot checks revealed:
- 12% reduction in the number of lights left on.
- 77% reduction in the number of printers left on.
- 32.5% reduction in energy use during the day.
The results from the energy meter readings show CO2 savings as a result of reduction in energy use:
- Annual CO2 savings = 4 tonnes/year
- Daily kg CO2 = 19 kg/day
- This is equivalent to 292,000 party balloons of CO2 every year!
In addition to the fantastic results the team achieved, the school also received a good Ofsted report for sustainability teaching.