Energy costs stand out in school budgets, comprising the second biggest operational expense after personnel, totaling approximately $8 billion annually nationwide (U.S. EPA, 2008; U.S. DOE). Energy is a vital input in managing school buildings and optimizing the learning environment for students. Ensuring that lighting, indoor air quality and other needs are well provided for is essential. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 25% of energy used in schools is wasted, and significant opportunities exist to reduce energy costs.
This comprehensive energy conservation program combines a professional energy assessment, energy management system for the school facilities, a hands on awareness program for students to learn the true cost of the energy they use, familiarization sessions for staff and faculty, and proactively promotes the school conservation program within the community.