The Education Network for Waltham Forest
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Schools Energy Efficiency Programme

Guidance for Schools & Colleges

Find out about the Council’s service in this areaSaving money and energy in schools

The London Borough of Waltham Forest aims to reduce carbon emissions by 18% by 2015 as part of a national target of 80% by 2050.

Schools will need to play a big part in reaching this target. Energy efficiency (i.e. how effectively we use electricity and gas) is very important since energy use in school buildings accounts for almost 47% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in council owned buildings, which are driving climate change.

Sustainable buildings are generally beneficial and also serve good educational value for showing young people how things can be done in a sustainable way. Reducing energy waste is the most cost-effective way to save money; reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Saving money by improving energy efficiency in existing school buildings

There are many ways to reduce energy bills in existing school buildings. Energy efficiency measures which can be fitted include:

  • Implementing an energy policy and staff awareness programme: Carbon Trust Research shows savings of 10-20% can be achieved on utility bills
  • Energy efficient lighting, automatic lighting controls and ICT equipment
  • Draught proofing
  • Roof, wall and/or floor insulation
  • Double or secondary glazing
  • Boiler improvements and pipe insulation
  • Advanced heating controls
  • Replacement efficient boiler
  • Combined heat and power (CHP) boilers which generate local electricity and heat
  • Renewable technologies

Renewable energy technologies include Solar Photo Voltaic (PV), wind turbine for electricity generation and Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) for heating.  Correctly designed, installed and maintained systems can save energy whilst demonstrating the schools commitment to the environment and providing practical teaching opportunities.

If you would also like to explore the local services that could help your school make savings and be more energy efficient, please visit the Schools Energy Efficiency and Management Team’s subscription services and related work in this area (log-in required).

Useful links and guidance

More information and documents regarding energy saving recommendations including the Schools Energy Efficiency Guide can be accessed (by logged in users) at the bottom of the page. 

The Carbon Trust is a government-funded independent company that was launched in 2002 to help the implementation of energy efficiency in the business and public sectors as well as to encourage the development of a low-carbon sector in the UK.

Eco-Schools is an international environmental award scheme for schools, rewarding and accrediting schools that have made a commitment to continuously improving their environmental performance.

Carbon Detectives offer practical tips for reducing an organisation's carbon footprint.

SALIX Exemplar Schools Film

Run on Sun:

Friends of the Earth's Run on Sun campaign is aimed at making it easier for more schools to run on clean solar energy and help schools save up to £8,000 a year. Schools that have solar panels can save up to £8,000 a year, and it's a great educational opportunity and source of pride for the whole school community, as well as helping the environment. If you would like to find out more about the campaign, please email or visit the web pages at or follow the campaign on Twitter #runonsun. This short video tells the story of what running on sun did for one school.

Maintained schools must obtain prior approval from the Council's Legal Department to review the terms and conditions of any externally funded options, as well as enter into an agreement with LBWF Property approving the scheme, particularly if it includes a 'rent a roof' scheme.

Contact details

For more information regarding the School’s Energy Efficiency and Management Subscription Services, please contact:

Nimish Shah, Schools Energy & Carbon Reduction Officer
020 8496 6953


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Last updated: 
Wednesday, 13 April, 2016
Last updated: 13 April 2016 by Arjun Gadhvi