Pennsylvania Schools Saving Money by Saving Energy
Posted by: Anna | 10/08/2013 at 09:00 AM
Across the country, school districts are facing budgetary problems. In response to funding reductions, many districts have been forced to make difficult decisions and search for alternative methods to keep their budgets in the black. School districts in Pennsylvania recently took a revolutionary approach to increase their funding by reducing energy consumption.
- Commitment to Energy Efficiency – One notable school district proved that not only is reducing energy consumption doable, it also results in significant savings. When North Penn School District, located in Lansdale, decided to slash their energy consumption, they saved more than $1 million in 2012. Following that example, several other schools in the state have been honored by Pennsylvania energy providers for their commitment to energy efficiency. This strategy could be educational for other school districts that are affected by electric rates in Pennsylvania as well as the rest of the country.
- Cutting Energy Consumption – The first steps for instituting an energy savings program were quite simple. It all started by turning off lights when they weren’t being used. Energy consumption was further reduced through the installation of energy-efficient bulbs and programmable thermostats.
- Sustaining Energy Saving Programs – Many schools participating in energy efficiency programs found that educating students and staff about the importance of the program was critical to long-term success and significant savings. Also important to the sustainability of these programs was training a coordinator who could be directly responsible for supervising energy consumption and savings in school districts. Schools planning construction in the coming years found this position to be particularly important in terms of creating energy efficient strategies for the future.
As school districts across the nation continue to struggle with shrinking budgets and increasing student populations, successful energy saving programs like those in Pennsylvania could help contribute to a viable solution.
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