School Energy Conservation
An Energy Patrol ensures that lights and electronics are turned off when no one is using them. The Energy Patrol can reduce your school’s energy costs so that more money can be used for school programs. It also gives students an opportunity to practice leadership skills by getting involved and taking responsibility for their school! Here's how to get started:
- Select a teacher or school staff member to mentor the Energy Patrol.
- Decide where and when the Energy Patrol will meet.
- Create a list of rooms where students are allowed to check for ways to reduce energy consumption.
- Create a check list to guide students on what to look for (i.e. lights, computers, electronics, thermostats).
- Establish a schedule for checking rooms.
- Students should practice doing a "walk-through" with the patrol's mentor.
- Write down what you do so you know the best ways to save energy and how much the school saved.
Use this energy audit from the Green Schools Initiative to examine your school's existing energy use behaviors, for example if lights and equipment are left on, phantom loads, and thermostat settings, among others. The audit can then be used as the basis for student action to save energy!
For additional information about how your school can save energy and reduce its carbon footprint, please visit: www.greenschools.net
Saving energy is everyone’s responsibility and to encourage that bright idea, the District is now offering cash incentives for schools that take energy conservation seriously. The following information will help schools participate successfully in the Energy Conservation Incentive Program.
How does the Energy Conservation Incentive Program (ECIP) work?
- Schools that reduce their energy consumption by at least 5 percent will be able to keep 15 percent of the savings.
- Schools that are the most energy-efficient in their respective categories will earn a bonus.
Why Save Energy?
Using less energy means that we can preserve more of the Earth's natural resources while reducing the damaging effects of pollution.
Saving energy resources: The United States uses 56% less energy today than if we didn’t have energy-efficient technologies and policies. That’s 52 quads of energy saved per year – the same amount of energy needed to power 12 states for a year. If we didn't have energy efficiency, we’d have to produce or import energy sources like oil, natural gas, and coal. So, energy efficiency helps us keep more resources on the earth longer.
Avoiding pollution: From power plants to cars, consuming energy can produce emissions that harm our environment. But investments in energy efficiency across the biggest sectors of our economy could abate up to 1.1 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions annually – that’s equal to taking all U.S. cars and trucks of the road for one year.
(Source: The Alliance to Save Energy)