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Looking to become a 'Smart School' and embrace technology for reducing your energy usage and carbon footprint? If so, we hope you enjoy this blog where we dive into the various approaches and technologies your school can consider to help it reach its net zero goals.

Welcome to the era of ‘Smart Schools’ – where innovation meets conservation, creating learning environments that are not only intellectually stimulating but also energy efficient. In this journey towards sustainability, technology plays a pivotal role, offering a plethora of opportunities to manage and reduce energy consumption effectively. In our blog we want to dive into these technological examples to highlight possible options for your school.

The Role of Technology in Energy Management

Imagine a school where lights adjust automatically, heating systems optimise for comfort without waste, and energy usage is a lesson in itself. Technologies such as smart thermostats, LED lighting, motion sensors, and solar panels are not futuristic concepts but current tools that can lead to significant energy savings. For instance, transitioning to LED lighting can save up to 70% on your lighting electricity usage, shining a light on both efficiency and cost savings.

Getting Started on the Path to Efficiency

Embarking on the path to becoming a ‘Smart School’ begins with simple steps. Conducting an energy audit can unveil potential savings, while exploring funding or grants can make the adoption of energy-saving technologies more accessible. Moreover, engaging the whole school community in this transformative process ensures that everyone plays a part in the school’s sustainable future.

Case Studies: Success Stories from our School customers

Across the UK, schools have embraced technology to curb their energy use, setting examples for others to follow. One notable example is the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), which, through our DfE approved LED lighting framework and project management services, upgraded the lighting across their 15 schools. The results were impressive, with over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 savings each year and £430k of energy bill savings annually. The switch to LED lighting not only reduced the carbon footprint and bills but also helped transform classrooms into brighter, more engaging learning environments for children. A shining illustration of this transformation is Firth Park Academy in Sheffield.

The inside entrance to Firth Academy in Sheffield, lots of metal beams and structures and the lower half is painted in a bright green.

Firth Park Academy, Sheffield


In the fight against climate change, every action counts.

By integrating technology into your schools, you not only make strides towards energy efficiency but also educate the next generation on the importance of sustainability.

If you would like to discuss the ways in which we can support your school with reducing its carbon footprint please reach out to our Education Team on

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