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Energy savings for schools: Untapped.

10/09/2019

The school energy efficiency advice platform.

Untapped is an online energy advice platform for schools. It uses smart meter data to help schools monitor and save energy, cut costs and reduce the environmental impact of their estate.

The platform is in the last few months of a free trial period. Schools that want to explore how it could help them manage their energy, reduce their costs and support action to mitigate climate change should visit the website: www.untappedschools.com

Making schools smarter

Smart meters are currently being rolled out to many schools across the UK. So far, 1.17 million advanced and smart meters have been installed in smaller non-domestic sites and installations of the second-generation SMETS2 meters are being accelerated this year.

Smart meters unlock access to real-time energy consumption data. This data can be utilised and help users understand where and how they can make energy efficiency savings.

The Untapped website:
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uses your school’s smart meter energy data to show you how your school uses energy
– makes recommendations specific to your school on how you can save energy

A joint effort

Untapped was created by Hoare Lea, City Science, SE2, Flourishing and University College London. Each organisation brings a unique skill set covering energy efficiency, data analytics, engagement and education to create a product tailored to schools. The initiative is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through the Non-Domestic Smart Energy Management Innovation Competition.

How can you get involved?

Go to https://untappedschools.com/programme/how-to-get-started.html to get started
Or email schools@cityscience.com
– Follow us on Facebook at Untapped Schools
– Join us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/untapped-schools/about/

Alternatively contact Nick Cullen nickcullen@hoarelea.com

The background

The BEIS’ Smart Metering Implementation Programme team aims to communicate and deliver the benefits of smart metering to non-domestic sites and focuses on the retail, hospitality and schools sectors. BEIS’ research supports the notion that energy efficiency advice, based on an organisation’s own consumption data and tailored to their individual characteristics, can be effective at prompting behaviour change and realising savings. This is being explored further by the UK government’s Non-Domestic Smart Energy Management Innovation Competition, which is currently piloting solutions until early 2020.