Developing an energy strategy for an Academy Trust

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Developing an Energy strategy for an Academy Trust Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) is a growing Multi Academy Trust formed a few years ago with 16 Academies, both primary and secondary, in the Midlands and the South East.  As an increasing number of academies have joined ATT, the Trust has been focusing on maximising the efficiencies across […]

What is Kva and how much should I be paying?

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What is Kva ? Kva in electrical terms refers to kilovolt-ampere and is the unit used to express apparent power, in practical terms your Kva level is a promise from the network to guarantee the provision of a volume of power to your site. Your Kva level is billed per unit so if set too […]

How to make the most of energy reporting

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Energy reporting is a service that most Electricity and Gas Suppliers will provide at a basic level, but how do you get the most out of it? Here is a quick guide to help you understand which reports you should be requesting and how they can help you to reduce your energy consumption. Daily Consumption […]

Comparing Energy Quotes

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Comparing Energy Quotes The energy market is complex and difficult to navigate at the best of times which can make comparing the information on energy quotes a daunting task.  In this post we have listed a few tips to help you along the way: 1. Find out exactly what your responsible for You may only […]

What makes up your Electricity Bill?

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The energy market is overly complex and difficult to navigate for Schools especially understanding what is included in your electricity bills. Your electricity bill consists of a number of different charges for different elements.  These individual charges may be transparent and broken down on your bill or  combined into one or two line items. It […]

What are Deemed Rates and how to avoid them

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What are Deemed Rates?  Deemed rates (or Out of Contract Rates) are the unit rates that your energy provider will automatically roll your account onto if your contract end date is passed and the contract hasn’t been renewed or moved to a new supplier.  Some energy providers or brokers will simply roll you over onto […]

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

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If your School is using heating oil, concerned about rising energy costs or need to replace existing old boilers then you should consider using the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and intelligent funding options to install Biomass boilers. Replacing boilers has been a real burden for Schools and Academies with limited capital funding.  A lot of […]

Top Ten Energy Tips – Peak Time Transmission Costs

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Top Ten Energy Tips – 9 Power Down at Peak Time  Did you know that between the peak times of 4pm & 7pm the cost of getting your electricity to you is typically 14 times more than it costs during the rest of the day. Transmission costs between 4-7pm can cost over 8p compared to […]

Top Ten Energy Tips – Get Everyone Involved

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Top Ten Energy Tips – 8 Get everyone involved The cheapest way to start to make an impact on your energy bills is to get your staff and students involved. Creating hype around your energy efficiency goals and creating an environment where energy responsibility is expected is how you will save the most money. Part […]

Top Ten Energy Tips For Schools – Tip 1

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Schools often don’t know how much extra they are paying on their utility bills. In fact, many don’t have the time to proactively check the a complex market before signing their next energy contract, and so simply allow existing energy contract to roll-over. As a result, many schools end up paying over the odds when […]