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.