Schools can play their part in responding to the climate emergency while also reducing their energy costs at a time of rising prices. Suzanne Gibbon from the Let’s Go Zero campaign offers 10 energy-saving tips and examples from schools


As we move into winter, schools are facing an energy crisis with rocketing fuel bills taking funds away from important areas such as teaching, support staff and building repairs. This is negatively impacting students, who have already suffered two years of turmoil from Covid.

The Energy Bill Relief Scheme, announced in September (DBEI, 2022), will limit the cost of schools' energy bills in the short term. But solutions for the long-term are urgently needed.

The Let’s Go Zero campaign is supporting all UK schools, colleges and nurseries to be zero carbon by 2030. The campaign is asking for government help in the form of increased funding for schools to carry out retrofit projects.

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