ENERGY-SAVING tactics are being rolled out across the borough to reduce carbon emissions in local schools.
All Saints School in Wokingham was the first to benefit from the programme, with Wokingham Borough Council replacing outdated energy-intensive lighting with energy-saving LED lights and adding some insulation to parts of the building during the summer.
The project improved the school’s carbon profile by an estimated 15 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the lifetime of the lights and more than £39,000 in the first six years alone in energy savings for the school.
The new lights last for 20 years, and are more reliable. Unlike traditional lights, LEDs do not get dimmer as they get older.
Cllr Gregor Murray, executive member for climate emergency at Wokingham Borough Council, said: “The new lighting is a win-win-win project: the schools wins by saving much-needed money on their running costs and improving the learning environment for their pupils; the council wins by greening up its estate and working towards its goal of being carbon neutral by 2030, and the earth wins by having 15 tonnes less of carbon dioxide.
“This programme has been so successful with All Saints School that we are rolling it out to other schools.
“We have over £150,000 committed to LED replacement lighting this financial year and are hopefully increasing that amount next year.”