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On this page you will find links to useful information and tips on energy efficiency for the education sector.

New Zealand’s schools, polytechnics and universities are under the same pressure as businesses to become more energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprints. Educational institutions are also expected to do more with less funding. The good news is that an energy efficiency programme is likely to reduce more than just your carbon footprint—it can also significantly reduce how much you spend on energy bills. Improving lighting, heating, cooling and air quality can also create a healthier and more comfortable learning and teaching environment.

The education sector is also in a unique position to teach New Zealand’s future business people and householders the environmental and economic value of sustainability. Every energy efficiency measure you implement is a learning opportunity for your students. Whether it’s a simple “Switch Off” campaign, introducing renewable energy such as solar water heating, or upgrading to more efficient light bulbs, it will help evolve a new breed of energy conscious Kiwis. 

Getting serious about energy management

Start with EECA’s no-cost and low-cost tips for managing energy:

  • Committing to energy efficiency:  practical advice to help you get an energy management programme up and running, and get your staff and students involved.
  • Managing equipment: simple ways to make sure the equipment in your buildings is running as efficiently as it can.
  • Managing premises: reducing energy waste and maintaining your buildings for maximum energy efficiency.

Energy efficient technologies and products for the education sector

  • Renewable energy: opportunities to use wind, sun, water and geothermal energy for generating electricity, water heating and space heating
  • Wood: the clean-burning, renewable alternative to coal and oil for fuelling your boilers
  • Product standards and labelling: ratings to help you buy appliances, computers, printers, and light bulbs that use less energy
  • Lighting for education: using the right light for different learning environments.

Energy efficiency in action - case studies

On EECA Business you will find a selection of case studies from the education sector, including:

  • Glenmoor School installed a wood-burning boiler for heating classrooms, and slashed their carbon emissions and heating costs at the same time.
  • Auckland University has used diligent monitoring, energy management software and building management systems to help save millions on their energy spend.
  • Five New Zealand schools enjoy warmer pools and a longer swimming season by tapping in to solar energy.

    Read these case studies here.
  • Renewable heat in schools, a pilot programme with 20 New Zealand schools making the switch from coal to wood to fuel their boilers. Boiler conversion versus replacement, energy saving statistics and more. Read the report.

Help from EECA

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An analysis carried out by ECOsystems of 20 secondary schools throughout New Zealand, showed that schools' typical energy use can be broken down roughly into:

  • 50% - heating
  • 30% - lighting
  • 12% - equipment and appliances
  • 8% - water heating, but if you have a heated pool, hot water could make up as much as 50% of your energy costs.

EECA’s Action sheets for schools are a free resource to help you identify energy efficiency improvements for:

Funding and Support

  • Feasibility study support: to test the technical and financial feasibility of energy efficiency or renewable energy projects.
  • Commercial building programme: support for design projects, building projects, and energy management projects.
  • Crown loans: Universities, polytechnics, public and integrated schools can apply for loans for energy efficiency projects that could be good demonstration models for other organisations.