Energy-Saving Facts and Tips for Schools
Did You Know
- Primary and secondary schools spend approximately $6 billion on energy annually -- more than is spent on textbooks and computers combined.
- Energy improvements could reduce school energy costs by over $1.5 billion each year, or enough to pay for 30,000 new teachers every year.
- Installing energy-efficient equipment reduces annual maintenance costs, conserves finite resources and improves indoor air quality.
- Better lighting, temperature control, acoustics, and air quality can lead to benefits in student performance.
- Top-performing ENERGY STAR rated schools cost forty cents per square foot less to operate than the average school
- Turn off lights and computers in unoccupied rooms.
- Turn thermostats up or down over holiday breaks.
- Establish regular preventive maintenance schedules for building systems.
- Install controls, such as programmable thermostats and occupancy sensors, to reduce energy consumption in infrequently used areas like auditoriums and break rooms.
- Implement energy awareness programs to encourage facilities staff, faculty and students to change their energy behavior and adopt permanent energy-saving habits for school and at home.