This is the place to get together with other business managers and bursars. The TES Bursars and Business Managers Group is a great source of ideas and is the place to share best practice and get your questions answered by your peers.
Are you involved in making your building more energy efficient? I would be interested to hear from individuals that are in the process of making these changes and share information about successes, failures and anything in between.
Tony I have just started working with a junior school in NE Lincs to find ways of reducing operating costs including energy and improving utilization of facilities and resources. We are exploring the idea of fitting meters of various types that can identify the level of power being drawn down to an individual item of equipment and also CO2 meters that can identify the levels of utilization.
I can imagine that some of the PFI schools will already have this technology in-built but I dont know. Has anyone already done this either on a new school or an existing one and if so, was it successful?
If we are going to drive efficiency, I think we need to relate energy consumption to the actual levels of utilization - otherwise schools who are successful in encouraging community use are going to be unfairly assessed.
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