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.
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.
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:
Our students measure room temperatures and we then use the heating controls to balance up the temperatures:
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):
We also have on line monitors fitted to the gas meters to ensure unexpected use of gas is spotted and dealt with:
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.