Back to school

Jeremy Crowther
By Jeremy Crowther
They say your school days are the best of your life, and though this is certainly up for some debate there can be no denying that the number of educational institutions, and the number of students choosing to stay in education for longer, has increased.
Back to school

Heritage is often very important in the education sector; the knowledge that your school or university has been around for many years and has built a strong reputation. But when it comes to energy management, heritage is the last thing you should be aiming for.

If you are still managing utilities the way you’ve always done in your school or university buildings, there’s a high chance you are missing out on opportunities to save money by reducing energy cost and consumption. As school and university estates continue to expand, so too does the challenge of consolidating data collection across multiple sites. Fortunately, by utilising a building energy management system - or BEMS - collecting, consolidating and managing energy data and usage has never been easier.

Saving money through effective energy management

With education budgets tighter than ever, managing energy costs and consumption in the sector should form an essential part of annual budgeting. Building energy management can provide a platform for delivering cost-effective energy management across your entire estate, thanks to state of the art technology that is completely and readily scalable. Whether you are a small primary school or a large university campus, there is an energy management system suitable for you, ranging from a single data collection point on a smaller site to multiple collection points across an entire estate in multiple locations.

What you can expect from an energy management system

You may already have a building management system (BMS) that is controlling heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), lighting and access. The good news is that there is building energy management software available that can readily integrate with your existing system to enable you to monitor energy usage across your entire estate, and identify where cost savings can be made. 

These systems are simple to configure and install, and very easy to use. They allow you to cost effectively collect and collate information from all major data sources, and analyse it through intuitive reporting software with data analysing dashboards. All of the tools are designed to support your efforts to reduce energy costs and consumption, and have been proven to quickly deliver a return on investment.

You can see these benefits in action here when The Times’ Top University of the Year took advantage of our energy management services, or for more information please get in touch with our energy management specialist Jeremy Crowther on 0113 347 1231. 

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