Oak leaves background. Text reads: 1 year of Oak in Enfield. 749,525 total kWh, £111,000 spent, 174.7 tonnes of CO2.

Our Enfield Anniversary

Our Enfield Anniversary

We recently celebrated our one-year anniversary since we installed in the first of our Enfield schools. A whole year of gathering and analysing their data! It’s been an interesting journey; we have learnt a lot about what is useful for schools and how best to help them. We have since expanded our offering, adding the Garden Box and providing assemblies. But at the heart of it all is that data.  

So, without further ado, here is a summary of what we have discovered in 5 primary schools in Enfield.  

In one year, our schools used 749,525kWh.  

Equivalent to 175 tonnes of CO2 emissions! 

Or a total of £110,000 spent on their bills.  

We know that these numbers can seem a bit dry, so we’ve calculated some fun comparisons to put it all into perspective. With Christmas fast approaching, we’re all getting ready for the festive celebrations and, most importantly, the Christmas telly. But even if you spent all week in front of the TV, you wouldn’t use as much electricity as our schools. You would need to watch TV for 194 years to match the 750mWh consumed by our schools.  

If you’re fortunate enough to drive an electric car, you would need to drive it around the globe over 90 times, charging as you go, to reach that magic number of 749,525kWh.  

This all sounds quite challenging, so you’ll need something to keep you going on your mega tv-watching road trip. We’ll give you a choice, you can either bake (and eat) 750,000 cakes or make 10 million pieces of toast. Either way, it’s definitely not a balanced meal.  

Back to our schools, what does all this really mean? Our schools aren’t doing anything wrong, they are all functioning schools, who together look after over 2400 children in Enfield, who they need to keep warm, feed, and light proficiently enough so they can see the whiteboard / take selfies. However, there is definitely room for improvement, space to become more efficient with the way they use electricity. And that is what this data does, it allows us to show the schools what they can do to improve, how to make changes, and inspire the kids at the same time.  

We estimate that 10% of their electricity is wasted, meaning that each school could save 10% on their electricity bill by making behavioural changes to the way they consume, with even more potential for savings from key retrofits. What would your school do with an extra £2,000? 

We aren’t done with these schools, we will keep monitoring them and when it comes to our two-year anniversary, we hope to be able to show them how far they have come.  

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