Schools Take on Energy Efficiency

April 30, 2013

Businesses aren't the only ones taking advantage of energy efficiency. In fact, more schools are retrofitting to increase efficiency and save on costs.

Energy efficient schools create many benefits that go beyond energy and financial savings. In fact, benefits can include improved air quality, increased interest in how the school conserves energy and water, and accelerated social change.

The nation's first "net-zero" school, Richardsville Elementary in Kentucky is a great example of energy efficiency with its net annual consumption and carbon footprint amount of zero. The school used natural and efficient lighting, installed geothermal heating and cooling, and had solar panels on the school rooftop.

Most schools can get on the road to energy efficiency with a variety of solutions including a lighting retrofit, window replacements, and updated HVAC systems.

"By conserving energy in our schools and bringing students into the process, we improve the health of future generations, cut schools' utility bills, reduce stress on the electric grid and, who knows, inspire a new generation of environmentally aware scientists."

Source: Environmental Defense Fund


By Gaylen Davenport

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