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Eco friendly heating for schools

In many school communities there is a growing awareness and anxiety about the need to do our bit to avert the climate crisis. Right now there is a unique opportunity to improve our schools’ infrastructure, with a national focus on reducing carbon emissions and an unprecedented economic stimulus package post-Covid 19.

Hundreds of NZ schools still heat their classrooms with fossil fuel boilers – burning coal, gas and diesel.

These boilers are often ageing, sometimes unreliable and may not meet current air quality standards, meaning poor local air quality for our children and school staff from chimney emissions. Fossil fuel boilers have significant climate change-causing emissions and are usually the biggest direct climate change causing impact in any school.

Teach our children about sustainable energy

The use of sustainable, renewable energy systems in schools provides children with the information and role models that they will take out to their communities and apply in their future lives. The multiplier effect across the country is powerful and effective.

Wood pellet boilers are an example of a sustainable energy technology that are ideal for implementation in schools. The benefits of wood pellet boilers in schools are:

  • Rapid implementation
  • Low maintenance
  • Automatic Stop / Start
  • Automatic ash emptying

Pellet boilers are already used in schools around NZ and have a thirty-year track record in Europe, USA, Canada and Korea.

See this recent webinar for more information on pellet boilers in New Zealand schools.

100% Renewable & NZ Made Pellet Fuel

Wood pellet fuel is 100% renewable, made in NZ from waste sawdust, has a nationwide delivery network and an average cost of 7c/kWh. The carbon emissions are more than 98% less than burning fossil fuel coal, gas or diesel. No manual handling is required for delivery or refuelling. There is zero risk of explosion and there are no health concerns around dust or particulates.

>> View an example and testimonial from a School installation.

Ask an expert

Marcus Baker the Lead Designer and Managing Director at Apricus NZ Eco Energy has been delivering advice and practical solutions for energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable practices in the UK and New Zealand since 2004. At Apricus, Marcus focusses on designing and implementing practical solutions to deliver heating without worsening the climate crisis. As Lead Designer, Marcus has expertise in wood pellet, solar thermal and heat pump technologies, choosing the best solution or combination of technologies for each situation.

Apricus Eco endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this blog article is reliable and accurate at the time of publishing, please note that the information detailed can change with the passage of time.