It's estimated that UK primary schools spend around £31,000 per year on energy. For secondary schools, this total is even higher, coming in at closer to £90,000. Though this massive figure may seem startling, it reflects the complex energy requirements of educational buildings.
From classroom uses like learning technology and computers to school-wide uses like CCTV systems, lighting, and temperature control, every part of a school consumes energy. Think about how many SMART boards a secondary school contains, or how much fuel is required to maintain an electrical central locking system 24/7!
As a vital expense that keeps buildings running, utility costs unsurprisingly make up a large portion of every school's budget.