The average commercial building wastes 30 percent of the energy it consumes. It is possible to reduce energy use by 10 percent at little or no cost. One of the most important things you can do to capture that savings is simply creating a culture of conservation in your school. Here's how:
Creating a Culture of Conservation
...with your Maintenance and Operations Team:
- Conduct a nighttime audit to see what's on that shouldn't be.
- EXPERT TIP: turn off parking lot lighting after 11pm. It may seem counter-intuitive in an effort to prevent vandalism, but the energy savings is hefty and requiring vandals to bring their own lighting is a deterrent in itself. (see Int'l Dark Sky Assoc.)
- Keep up with your preventive maintenance schedule, including conducting visual inspections for leaks or damage to pipes and ductwork.
- Optimize start-up time, power-down time, and equipment sequencing.
...with your Students, Faculty, and other Stakeholders:
- Educate staff and others (including outside groups who utilize your facilities) on the importance of energy management and the impact they can make on your bottom line and the environment.
- EXPERT TIP: centralize after-hours use of your facilities. You'll be able to put the rest of your space in "unoccupied mode" and reduce energy spend.
- Create a communications strategy (check out EnergyStar's detailed worksheet here to help you build your plan.)
- Inspire your students with a friendly competition.
- Promote your wins! Success breeds more success, so be sure to tout your achievements.
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