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Schools Waste 25% of Their Energy Use. Here's How They Can Save.

By Direct Energy Business

Energy is one of the few major costs that schools can reduce without sacrificing the quality of education. 

In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), energy costs are second only to personnel costs for U.S. K-12 institutions. 

Schools typically waste about one-quarter of their energy use and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that schools possess $2 billion worth of energy efficiency potential nationwide — the equivalent of nearly 40 million textbooks

By making wise energy choices, schools can better manage spending and free up more resources for education. 

To help schools reduce their energy expenses, we've created a helpful infographic and new, in-depth eGuide. The guide — "Smart Energy Strategies for Schools" — helps highlight the many ways that students, faculty and staff can all engage in a comprehensive energy management approach at school. Specifically, it covers how to:

  • Develop a comprehensive energy purchasing strategy and plan for your school

  • Improve your facility with a number of cost-effective energy updates, including LED lighting, improving ventilation and switching to natural gas

  • Encourage simple behavioral changes, such as turning off lights and unplugging equipment not in use 

For more information on how schools can get the most out of their energy spend, please check out our "Smart Energy Strategies for K-12 Schools" infographic.

Posted: March 23, 2016

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