Focusing Your Energy on the Success of Your Students

Educational institutions are focused on the success of their students. For many school systems and universities, smartly managing energy costs can help support student success by potentially freeing up resources to focus on education.

Direct Energy Business works with schools and universities throughout North America to actually buy less of what we sell—energy. We do this by offering smarter energy strategies that make a difference because energy can be a major cost that schools can reduce without sacrificing the quality of education. Use the resources below to help you get started.


Energy costs have real impacts in education

Smarter energy strategies matter because schools typically waste about 25 percent of their energy.1 In fact, the Department of Energy estimates that as much as $2 billion in potential energy efficiency opportunities exist in U.S. schools. 2 That’s the cost of nearly 40 million textbooks. 3

What’s more, the Department of Energy estimates that America’s K-12 schools and universities spend more than $14 billion annually on energy—more than they spend on textbooks and computers combined, making energy costs are the largest operating expense for school districts after salaries and benefits.

Delivering energy strategies that optimize your budget

At Direct Energy Business, we look at these numbers and go to work for you. We want to make your education institution better by giving you complete visibility into your energy spending and where and when usage happens.

That visibility matters because we can use it to help you identify the energy purchasing strategy that will help you meet your organizational goals, from reducing energy costs to increasing efficiency to sustainability initiatives.

Gain new energy insights with Panoramic Power

Using our device-level energy monitoring solution, Panoramic Power, you can achieve complete visibility into your energy spending and where and when usage happens.

That visibility matters because we can use it to help you identify the energy purchasing strategy that will help you meet your organizational goals, from reducing energy costs to increasing efficiency to sustainability initiatives.

The information on this page is here as a resource for you to get started on your path to energy efficiency and smarter energy strategies. If you have any questions, or would like to speak one of our representatives, please contact us today.


1. Energy.gov, “Guide to Operating and Maintaining EnergySmart Schools,” Retrieved November 3, 2015
2. Ibid.
3. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Efficiency Programs in K-12 Schools



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