Introduction

The Schools & Homes Energy Education Project is a registered charity (No. 10733477) which is primarily an educational resource provider, essentially related to promoting efficient and sustainable energy use. Specifically, the provisions are designed for use with educational institutions and community groups, because we believe this offers the best route to longer term beneficial outcomes.

Background

Since 1993, Schools & Homes Energy Education Project has been developing an approach to assist people to make informed decisions about their energy use. In particular but not exclusively in the use of sustainable and renewable energy technologies. It was set up as an independent not for profit company (No. 3273416) in November, 1997 and became a charity in January, 1999.

Aims and what we do.

We subscribe to the major objectives of the International Agenda 21 framework for world wide sustainable development and the conservation and management of natural resources and its local implementation.

We wish to address the lack of knowledge and ‘first-hand’ experience in the viability of sustainable energy technologies within the general and professional European Community population. We have developed simple interactive devices for people to gain the ‘know how’ for empowering themselves to make informed decisions about their energy use.

The methodology being piloted identifies policy issues that show links between the need for trained people in energy efficiency technologies and how this can make a real contribution to getting people into sustainable employment. We aim to demonstrate the linkages between Energy, Economy, Environment and Education.

Significant Achievements

Energy savings in schools

  • UK Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions (DETR)- & BRE Ltd (Building Research Establishment): Best Practice Programme initiative entitled : The Schools and Universities Student Scheme ( SUSS ), 1997-98. Schools & Homes Energy Education Project piloted and developed a survey and analysis training procedures for this scheme.
  • This scheme was completed in collaboration with School of Construction, Sheffield Hallam University, schools in the South Yorkshire and Nottingham area to demonstrate the extent to which university, college and secondary students could undertake comprehensive energy surveys and audits with resultant energy and cost saving recommendations for their local schools.
  • The results of the SUSS initative were later developed and piloted by Coventry University under the title ASSESS and successfully incorporated within the ‘Energy Efficient Building’ MSc course run by the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University.
  • Schools & Homes Energy Education Project provides support to schools in conducting comprehensive energy surveys and audits within National Curriculum guidelines, to enable a school to apply for a 50% grant from the Energy Savings Trust Rebate Scheme. In 1997 three schools were successful in implementing measures worth £10,000.
  • Laboratorio Dell’Immaginario Scientifico (LIS) Energy Net European Week of Scientific and Technical Culture, 1996. Schools & Homes Energy Education Project managed jointly with the Solar Trust for Educational Research and with support from the Schools Online Project the UK contribution, for developing a model for collaborative education with a focus on Solar Electricity.
  • UK DETR – Environment Action Fund (EAF) Schools Energy Efficiency Pilot Project, 1994-97: The project’s objectives were to contribute to CO2 emission reductions in schools; develop a model for achieving sustainable energy saving measures in educational settings.
  • Channel 4/ITV produced a programme for their “Schools at Work” series in March 1996, that focused on where Holt House Infant School, Sheffield saved £612 on their annual electricity bill simply from installing low energy lamps. This video and another on heating and ventilation (created at Anns Grove Primary, Sheffield) are available for purchase and come with support materials for teaching and non-teaching staff.

Energy savings in homes

  • Workers Education Association, 1996-2002: Domestic Self-Build Solar Water Heating courses
    Energy Saving Trust ( EST ) Home Energy Conservation Act ( HECA 1 ): Energy Saving and Healthy Living Initiative, 1996-97 : In partnership with Environmental Housing Sheffield City Council and Heeley Green Surgery. Piloting of strategies and activities for implementing 50 domestic energy surveys and resultant energy and cost saving measures both staff and patients while insuring a healthy environment.

Other Activities

  • Light Action: Energy and cost saving lighting campaigns: Electric & daylight energy saving light campaigns, low energy fluor.units, their appropriate usage and disposal.
  • Cross curriculum student placements within innovative projects in fulfilment of the degree requirements of students from local Colleges, Universities, GCSE & A level students.
  • Bringing together local agencies including the Local Authority, local Universities, schools, voluntary and community groups, private sector companies – to develop innovative cross sector projects within a ‘charitable’ context. A key element is to have access to existing expertise as well as encouraging those agencies to broaden their activities to include the local community more.
  • Inno-Therm® (formerly Recovery Insulation) is a voluntary sector inspired initiative to manufacture (under license from a US based company) an environmentally friendly insulation product. The aim of the project is to create full-time employment for e.g. ex-steel workers, reuse a steel rolling mill, produce an environmentally friendly insulation that reduces waste going into landfill sites and creates spin-off employment opportunities in installing insulation.
  • Survey and Analysis Model SAMTM: training for students ( College, University and Secondary) to conduct comprehensive energy surveys and audits within their local educational institutions with resultant energy and cost saving measures. To facilitate energy surveys to be carried out free of charge where they are currently not available (inner city schools and communities) via the development of innovative projects.

Project Financing

The project is designed to be self-sustaining by way of a six strand income generating strategy:

  • Management and provision of generic educational events: workshops are designed with community and academic clients, which enable the participants to acquire the skills to integrate energy management practices.
  • Management and provision of specific topic (e.g. solar electricity, solar thermal, energy surveys & audits) or for a specific site/audience( e.g. school governors, schools, youth clubs and tenant associations).
  • Student placement opportunities in fulfillment of course requirements of students from local Universities, Colleges, A level & GCSE.

Consultancy services – providing the educational components to professionals in design and construction of buildings and also energy surveys and audits procedures.

  • Sale and lease of educational kits, interactive devices and exhibits, videos and other educational resources for energy and cost saving.

 

Grants and relevant funding from public and private sector sources.