Nearly 80% of a typical school’s energy use can be attributed to lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Reducing energy consumption in these areas by implementing energy efficiency measures or retrofitting old equipment is not only a smart way to save money but also a good teaching model for students, faculty and parents.
Solutions for Educational Facilities
- Reduce energy consumption and improve the quality of the lighting in student and faculty parking garages by retrofitting inefficient lighting with LED fixtures.
- Retrofit existing fixtures in classrooms and hallways with advanced fluorescent fixtures that can significantly reduce glare, improve the quality of the light and reduce the number of lamps, resulting in a reduction of lighting energy consumption by 50%.
- Install occupancy sensors in bathrooms and storage closets to save up to 60% of lighting-related energy usage.
- Eliminate phantom loads from computers and classroom equipment and save up to 5% of your school’s plug load usage by installing smart power strips.
- Reduce your energy consumption by up to 10% by replacing ice machines with energy-efficient models and by adding controls to your beverage and snack vending machines.
- Optimize the energy performance of your school’s or university’s HVAC system through retrocommissioning tuneups.
Programs and Incentives for Education
The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® offers a variety of energy efficiency programs and incentives that can help schools cut costs. Incentives are available for such things as retrofitting classroom and office lighting, adding occupancy sensors, installing new HVAC equipment and retrocommissioning existing systems, and upgrading kitchen and refrigeration equipment in cafeterias.
You can find incentives for these improvements and more through the programs listed below.
For additional solutions to save you even more, check out our Education Fact Sheet.
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