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Our “TEN Cents”: Energy Efficiency for K-12 and Higher Education

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This post was written by The Efficiency Network. 

The Efficiency Network (TEN) spends a great deal of time developing and implementing energy efficiency projects for all types of customers, including education-focused customers: Kindergarten through 12, and higher education institutions. Although many schools share similar financial motivations for energy efficiency projects, there are many other unrealized benefits as well.

Energy Efficiency Measures for Education (Higher Education and K-12)

From our experience, many school districts, colleges, and universities have similar energy goals: a safe, comfortable, and sustainable campus; all of which can be achieved by implementing energy efficiency measures.

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LED lighting upgrades are becoming more prevalent across campuses and districts. Whereas a VP of Finance/Business Manager looks at the financial implications (ROI, utility reduction, rebates), for others, it becomes a matter of:

  • Safety & Security measures via evenly distributed campus lighting. No one wants to slip and fall or not feel safe when walking to a class, dorm, or parking lot
  • Reduction in Maintenance & Operations resources required through efficient LED lighting, which has an extended life span. Like many of us, these employees are being asked to do more with less. LED lighting is a great solution – with all the other maintenance required on a campus, installing LED’s rated at 50,000+ hour lifespan allows staff to not worry about changing, ordering, or storing bulbs.*
  • Marketing & Communications  are typically happy with sustainability efforts on a campus giving them rich content to share via school newspapers, websites, at board meetings, and more.

According to, “by 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today's electricity prices.”**

For all institutions, it’s not a matter of IF the LED conversion takes place, but WHEN. If your district or campus has yet to explore LED lighting and other efficiency measures, visit  and set up a consultation for what efficiency measures make the most sense for your overall goals, as there are many more than just financial incentives.

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Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (with regional offices throughout the Northeast), The Efficiency Network’s (TEN) team has collectively performed over $500,000,000 worth of energy efficiency projects across every business sector. TEN has developed a proven way to help clients of all shapes and sizes make sense of energy efficiency.  Visit for more information and follow us on twitter


Posted: June 09, 2015