School Operations and Maintenance (O&M) staff can play a big role in helping their schools understand and implement energy efficiency measures. O&M staff can learn more about reducing operating costs and the “easy wins” that can bring energy savings quickly with little or no cost.
Worth the Investment?
Many people are hesitant to move forward with energy saving measures because they are uncertain of the cost, effort and inconvenience. But most steps are relatively easy and inexpensive – and can add up to big savings. Schools, in particular, are challenged by already-strapped budgets that discourage making the initial investment in energy savings projects. After personnel, however, energy costs are a school district’s second highest expenditure, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Regardless of how old a school building is, DOE estimates that schools can cut their energy expenses by 5 to 20 percent by simply managing and operating more efficiently. Here are a number of additional reasons why the investment is worth it:
- The size and footprint of most school buildings makes the return on investment for energy-saving projects particularly meaningful.
- Incentives may be available to help subsidize the cost of certain measures.
- Many simple, day-to-day steps require no cost at all — like turning off lights and computers, and using window shades to make heating and cooling more efficient.
- Many projects provide a great opportunity for lessons in responsibility, science and budgeting for students of all ages.
To learn more about making your school more energy efficient, check out Reduce Operating Costs with an EnergySmart School Project. Source: ENERGY STAR