Energy firms in the UK have been able to increase bills by 54% following the introduction of the new cap on 1 April, so millions of customers in England, Scotland and Wales will be paying a lot more for their electricity and gas. The increase is driven by a record rise in global gas prices over the last 6 months, with wholesale prices quadrupling in the last year alone.
Astronomical energy price increases for Education
Schools and colleges are facing unprecedented bill increases too – the Department for Education said they “recognise schools may be facing cost pressures in the coming months, particularly where energy prices have increased”. According to Tes, schools are being hit with “astronomical” gas and electricity bills that are swamping their budgets.
Headteachers have requested that the DfE take this crisis seriously and “at least talk to schools” about this, as for some the extra spending on energy bills equates to the cost of several new teaching assistants, a teacher or even means redundancies. The pandemic has amplified cost concerns further by having to keep classroom windows open to reduce the spread of Covid.
Many are researching new ways of making their sites more energy efficient, since the less energy used, the lower the bill.
One school trying to find a new deal is Wales High School, in Sheffield. Headteacher Pepe Di’Iasio, said he was expecting a major financial hit when he managed to secure a deal with the energy supplier.
Our initial research is showing that we are looking to incur price increases for each month from what is now an average of £5,000 each month to almost £9,800 [while] for gas we have an anticipated increase of an additional £1,700 each month [to around £5,000]. [We’ve] pulled together a ‘green’ section to our capital development plan, which will see the school investing in energy-saving strategies connected to full LED lighting throughout the school and the investment in a solar panel scheme following this.Pepe DiIasio
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If you run 32 laptops, we estimate that you can reduce your laptop energy bill by nearly two thirds.