Okehampton College


Using LED lights we want more light for less electricity and to keep our demand for electricity as close to zero as we can.
Okehampton College

Your vote will help us to secure the funds needed to install LED lighting.  We have on line dials so that we can check our energy consumption - we know that LED lights will help us reduce our electrical demand significantly.

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We know that we can make further energy savings by the roll out of LED lighting across our vast site.  Our sports hall is just one example of where LED lighting will make a big difference. The pictures below show the day 800 cyclists on a tour of Britain slept here for a night while our students cooked them an evening meal and breakfast which was served in our sports hall.  The sports hall is used by our students in the school day and by the community out of school hours for various activities - the cycle tour is a particularly memorable example.  LED lighting installed here will benefit everyone while lowering the bills. We don't intend to stop there though as there are plenty of other places in the College where LED lighting will provide great benefits.  Please vote for Okehampton College and help us secure the means to roll out LED lighting.

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If you want to read more here is a brief run down of what we have done to date to save energy ....

Over recent years Okehampton College has made a huge effort to reduce fossil fuel derived energy consumption through efficiency measures, people engagement and renewable energy systems.  Since embarking upon this agenda our import of electricity and gas have both fallen by around 70% and we have helped numerous other schools and organisations with ideas to monitor and control energy use and reduce waste.  Within our own College we have installed better heating controls, systems to monitor wasted energy, more efficient lighting, double glazing, additonal insulation, solar panels, biomass heating and a wind turbine.  We are able to generate on site a significant proportion of the energy we need and it makes sense to use it as efficiently as we can.  The current affordability of LED lighting products means that they now present a very viable way to further reduce energy demand and at the same time improve lighting levels using less electricity. 

Student teams help after school by checking rooms, engaging staff and asking them to pledge to do the basic things to save energy.  Energy costs could (and used to sometimes) reach almost £1,000 on a bad day.  The following facts about our College reveal how this can happen:

  • 1.5 Megawatts of gas boilers (capable of burning £45 of gas per hour).
  • Air conditioning which if used incorrectly can be cooling the building at the same time as the heating is on!
  • 3,000 lights.
  • 1,600 people (plus evening time community use).
  • 700 computers.
  • Numerous other electrical appliances.

A special dashboard monitors production and use of energy at a block and room level so we can spot and deal with waste:

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Our students measure room temperatures and we then use the heating controls to balance up the temperatures:

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We avoid using electrical heaters as much as possible as this is by far the most expensive and carbon intensive option (when the electricity is being generated in conventional fossil fuelled power stations):

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We also have on line monitors fitted to the gas meters to ensure unexpected use of gas is spotted and dealt with:

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The next part of our project will be to continue the roll out of LED Lighting  .....

Although we have already installed more efficient lighting in places there is plenty more scope to do this since LED lighting products are now very affordable.  We know for example there are big savings to be made by replacing the current lights in our sports hall with modern LED versions and smart controls to ensure they are only on when needed and when people are present.  Additionally, there are various other parts of the College where LED lighting will provide better light levels for less electricity creating further worthwhile energy savings.  Our pitch is therefore for LED lights.

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Saturday 08 October, 2016

Okehampton Big Thankyou

A really big thank you to all who have voted for us – it is truly tremendous support. To win the prize available to our region we need to have the most votes in our region. We are currently ahead in our region but … It’s tense and 3 with days of voting left still our fortunes could change. To add to the tension, the leader board will become invisible at midday Monday 10th October with 12 hours of voting still available up to midnight. Please encourage anyone else you know who will vote for us to do so – despite what looks like a good lead (at the moment) we need those missing votes. Use the leader board tab (South West region) to keep an eye on things. Please continue to use your social media to get those votes in. Speak to family and friends. We need to win the M&S prize to improve the lighting in community spaces across the College starting with the sports hall. Intelligent LED lighting will produce significant energy and cost savings as well as improving the light levels. In the present financial climate there are many jobs we cannot afford to do so chances like this are rare and we need to go for it. The savings we make on energy help us to maintain our core educational and community provision. Please encourage everyone you know to support us by voting. The prize is significant and will make a difference at Okehampton College. Thanks,

Keith Webber and all at Okehampton College.

Saturday 08 October, 2016

Okehampton College - Says Thank You

A big thank you to all who have voted for us – it is truly tremendous support. To win the prize available to our region we need to have the most votes in our region. We are currently ahead in our region but … It’s tense and 3 with days of voting left still our fortunes could change. To add to the tension, the leader board will become invisible at midday Monday 10th October with 12 hours of voting still available up to midnight. Please encourage anyone else you know who will vote for us to do so – despite what looks like a good lead (at the moment) we need those missing votes. Use the leader board tab (South West region) to keep an eye on things. Please continue to use your social media to get those votes in. Speak to family and friends. We need to win the M&S prize to improve the lighting in community spaces across the College starting with the sports hall. Intelligent LED lighting will produce significant energy and cost savings as well as improving the light levels. In the present financial climate there are many jobs we cannot afford to do so chances like this are rare and we need to go for it. The savings we make on energy help us to maintain our core educational and community provision. Please encourage everyone you know to support us by voting. The prize is significant and will make a difference at Okehampton College.

Thanks,

Keith Webber, Okehampton College.

Tuesday 04 October, 2016

Help Please!

Help! Please send me an email on my college email address: kwebb@okehamptoncollege.devon.sch.uk This will let me know who has read this mail and where to chase our missing votes! We need some more votes!

Thanks,

Keith.