Most schools spend more money on energy each year than on school supplies. According to the Department of Energy, more than $6 billion in energy is being used in our educational facilities annually; about 25 percent - approximately $1.5 billion – is wasted because of energy inefficiency.
School districts save money by saving energy, freeing up more dollars for books, computers, teacher salaries and other essentials of the modern school. To lower your school's energy bills and redirect millions of dollars each year into facilities, teachers' salaries, computers, textbooks and more, simply use energy efficiently and install energy-efficient equipment.
Many efficiency improvements — such as better building design and energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems — also improve our children's classroom environment by improving lighting quality and eliminating the air contaminates released by old air-conditioning units.
The following resources are provided to help your school cut energy costs through more efficient use of energy.
Evaluating Air Conditioning Systems in Schools (33 KB)
Energy Conservation Ideas for Schools (21 KB)
Maximizing Efficiency (39 KB)
Natural Gas Goes to School
Schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States rely on natural gas for traditional uses such as space heating, water heating and cooking. It’s a clean and efficient source of energy. To keep natural gas costs in check, check out these tips for lowering your school’s overall gas bills.
Lower Your Natural Gas Bill Now: Quick Tips for Schools (29 KB)