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Schools to get smart meters

Junior school children leaving school

Junior school children leaving school

Partnership for Schools (PfS) will be responsible for rolling out the display meters projects to all British schools. The selected private sector partner will be British Gas.

From this month (January 2010) schools should be able to sign up to receive one of these meters at a new web site to be published by PfS.

The meters will provide data on energy usage for the whole school site. This can then be made available to students, staff and parents.

If schools are interested in finding out exactly where their electricity is being used, down to the individual socket or distribution board level, they would need to install further smart meters. Adding smart meters with switching would allow for full control of the schools electricity spend.

The Carbon Trust estimates that the behavioral changes accompanying the installation of simple smart meters can bring 10-15% reductions in electricity consumed. Using a full system of smart meters and switches throughout the school could bring that saving up to 37%.

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