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How Schools Can Cut Energy Costs with Total Energy Management

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For U.S. K-12 schools, energy expenses are second only to personnel costs.

While energy makes up a substantial portion of a school's budget, proven energy management strategies can help reduce energy costs and free up resources for education. 

In Michigan, for instance, 275 school districts save an average of $14.7 million per year, or $30 per student, after changing their energy purchasing strategy — money that can instead be applied to education. 

When managing energy costs, schools risk leaving money on the table by taking a piecemeal approach rather than a holistic one. For the best results, it’s important to create a comprehensive energy plan, one that includes both the supply side (how you buy energy) and the demand side (how you use energy). This approach, known as Total Energy Management, considers the relationship between a school’s budget goals, energy consumption patterns and potential energy-efficiency improvements. 

To help schools and districts take control of their energy budget through Total Energy Management, we've created an informative, new strategy guide — "Energy Management for K-12 Schools." The guide overviews:

  • How to better manage your building energy costs

  • How to strategically plan your energy budget with our interactive checklist and toolkit

  • How similar school districts are achieving significant energy savings  

For more information on how Total Energy Management can potentially benefit your school, download our "Energy Management for K-12 Schools" guide.

Posted: April 18, 2016

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