Tips on how to save energy in the schools
Most of the items seem like small steps but, if everyone participates, we can save an estimated $800,000.00 in energy savings.
These dollars can then be utilized for other critical needs within Cabarrus County Schools. Thanks in advance for your help and participation in launching this energy saving process.
1.Lighting Systems represent 30% of the schools energy use. Turn off lights in the classroom, cafeteria, gym, work rooms, bathrooms, and storage areas when they are not being utilized. It is a common myth that it takes more energy to turn the lights off and then back on. It actually saves dollars.
2.Turn off projectors and other appliances when not in use. It prolongs the projector bulb life and reduces energy consumption.
3.Keep windows and outside doors closed to prevent loss of conditioned air. (Heated or Cooled)
4.Adjust blinds according to the season to help with the heating or cooling of your classroom or office. Close the blinds in the summer months to prevent the sun from shining directly into your classroom. Open the blinds in the winter to allow the sun to warm the room.
5.Ensure that all lights (except for emergency lighting) are turned off at night and on weekends.
6.Custodians should check for leaks around windows and doors and report them to Facilities for repair.
7.There is no way to adjust the temperature in every room to satisfy everyone. Body temperatures fluctuate through out the day in the summer and winter. The best way to regulate temperature is to dress in layers so you can regulate your own comfort. Heating and Air Conditioning systems are maintained on a regular basis by Facilities to ensure that they are operating at peak efficiencies.
8.Limit the amount of printing and copying that you do. This saves not only energy but toner and paper as well.
9.Encourage the use of your website to post information to students, teachers, and staff to avoid having to make so many copies. Limit paper copies to just the ones who are unable to access the internet.