Action on Carbon and Energy in Schools (ACES)


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  • News

    Attention Oxfordshire schools: take our survey so we can better support you!

    To better understand the support requirements of schools in Oxfordshire, we are conducting a new survey for our second year running. Our ACES (Action on Carbon and Energy in Schools) initiative, funded by Oxfordshire County Council, aims to enhance the energy efficiency assistance provided to schools. By participating in this survey, you have the opportunity…
  • Blog

    Schools energy efficiency checklist

    Our ACES energy efficiency checklist serves as a comprehensive guide for schools to evaluate their energy consumption patterns and identify areas for improvement. In a world increasingly focused on combating climate change and reducing carbon emissions, it is crucial for every sector to contribute to a sustainable future. Schools play a vital role in updating…
  • Blog

    Spring savings on heating

    As the heating season comes to an end and the weather gets warmer, it’s important to think about how to manage heating in schools to save energy. We’re nearing the end of the heating season as days become sunnier and warmer. We’re already in the ‘shoulder months’ where heating may only be needed in shorter…
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    Case study

    Student engagement and behaviour change

    Student Engagement with energy at Okehampton College One of the most successful activities the college did was encouraging simple behaviour changes in the staff and students. What did they do? They bought stickers – little green smiley faces and red frowny faces. A team of students went around the school at the end of the…
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    Case study

    Measuring energy usage

    “If you don’t measure it you can’t control it” Measuring energy usage was crucial for understanding the bigger scope of work that needed to be undertaken at Okehampton College. Not only was it a great starting point to know what improvements would be needed it was also a great way to get students involved. Measuring…
  • Blog

    Managing your school’s heating – active approaches

    How can you adequately heat your school while minimising energy waste? Either on or off The highest level of heating control in a school is whether the system is simply on or off (sometimes ‘winter’ or ‘summer’). Some schools will wait as long as possible to use any heating, while others may feel heating needs…
  • Blog

    Free thermal imaging service

    We are now offering free thermal imaging for schools with limited spaces. The offer is suitable for schools that have had an energy assessment in the last 5 years and are progressing through their actions. You can apply for a free check with our expert team if your school hasn’t had an assessment.   Perhaps your…
  • Blog

    Energy saving opportunities for schools – quick wins you may not have completed

    What are common ways that UK schools save energy without compromising comfortable buildings?  Here are some you may not have yet addressed. Work in kWh Kilowatt hours (kWh) is how electricity, gas, and other fossil fuels are measured.  Many schools know their energy costs but don’t know their consumption in kWh. How much is used…
  • News

    Our launch and survey results

    We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new energy efficiency programme Action on Carbon and Energy in Schools (ACES) that will help schools across Oxfordshire cut their energy use, carbon emissions and help them save money on their energy bills. We’re in the early stages of the project and we’ll be adding more information…
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