School hopes energy mission could save £330k

A Dorset boarding and day school is hoping to save £330,000 with a new ‘Mission for Energy Efficiency’. Milton Abbey School which has between 200 and 300 mixed pupils will […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A Dorset boarding and day school is hoping to save £330,000 with a new ‘Mission for Energy Efficiency’.

Milton Abbey School which has between 200 and 300 mixed pupils will install a biomass boiler, water harvesting technology and air source heat pumps.

It expects to save 3.3 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy and cut its carbon footprint by 1,000 tonnes.

Speaking about the Mission for Energy Efficiency, developed with the help of consultants, Bursar Julian Litchfield said: “The benefits have been varied, from cost savings and efficiency gains to practical links to our students’ education.”

The school has bought into changing behaviour and “maximising” efficiency, said Richard Tandy, Energy Solutions Manager at EIC which is owned by Utilitywise.

Lighting provider Philips is also installing LED lights across the school including classrooms, offices, corridors, student digs and common rooms.

Jeremy Palmer, Business Development Manager for Education at Philips said: “Rising energy prices and the need to reduce CO2 are high on the agenda for many schools, colleges and universities, with lights accounting for around 20-25% of an education estate’s costs.”