In schools across the country, resources are often scarce. In many instances, difficult decisions have to be made when it comes to funding teaching materials and infrastructure in the face of high operating costs. Fortunately, there are steps schools can take to help reduce these operating costs, freeing up more money to spend on school resources and the learning environment. Here are some reasons why schools should become more energy efficient:
Reduced Energy Costs
In many old school buildings, obsolete energy infrastructure can lead to inefficiency and high energy costs. After personnel costs, energy is the second-highest operating expenditure for K-12 schools. Investing in technology that makes your school more energy efficient will significantly decrease energy dollars spent, freeing up resources for revitalizing individual schools and districts. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, most schools could save up to 25% on their energy costs through energy-smart investments.
Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Schools are integral parts of our communities. By investing in energy efficiency, conservation and sustainability, schools can set a positive example for their communities. Reducing energy consumption and maximizing building systems can also help schools conserve resources and reduce their carbon footprints, thereby resulting in economic and environmental benefits. This also creates a healthier environment for students, teachers, and staff.
Better Learning Environment
One of the major misconceptions surrounding energy-smart investments is that energy and operational efficiency necessitates sacrificing the quality or comfort of the learning environment. Actually, energy-smart renovations are designed to both improve energy efficiency while simultaneously enhancing the physical learning environment, resulting in a range of environmental, economic and educational benefits. With the money saved on energy costs, classrooms can be stocked with new equipment and furniture, the latest textbooks, and other learning tools and supplies.
Energy efficiency and infrastructure improvements are an investment in your school’s future. In addition to reducing energy consumption and saving money, upgrading your school’s infrastructure will ensure that your students can thrive in a positive, healthy learning environment. To learn more about why your school should consider becoming more energy efficient, visit Energy Systems Group at www.energysystemsgroup.com.