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Education

On average, schools spend more than $8 billion a year on energy costs. According to the U.S. EPA, schools that target energy efficiency in their operations and maintenance can typically reduce operating costs by 5 to 20%. Take control of your energy costs without impacting your educational mission – start today with some of the energy-saving strategies identified below.
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Next, consider upgrading older, less efficient equipment and installing controls on lighting and building equipment. Many of these upgrades are eligible for incentives that can reduce capital costs and shorten the payback period, such as:

Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Lighting

Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Lighting

Lighting is critical to creating an effective learning environment and high-quality lighting design can improve student performance, productivity and overall health.
• Replace all interior and exterior bulbs with the low-energy equivalent — LED bulbs can save up to 80 percent on the cost of lighting
• Replace refrigerated display case lighting with LED lights and add occupancy sensors
• Replace electric advertising signs and emergency exit signs with LED equivalents

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Install Lighting Controls

Install Lighting Controls

Whether occupancy sensors or the addition of skylights and daylighting controls are a better option, controls to adjust lighting levels as needed can produce large energy savings.

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Optimize HVAC System

Optimize HVAC System

HVAC accounts for the largest overall energy consumption in the education sector. Options for improving energy efficiency include:
• Replace older, less efficient HVAC units with high-efficiency units
• Install HVAC controls, such as programmable thermostats, digital economizers, demand controlled ventilation, and enhanced ventilation controls

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Reduce Energy Demand of Computers, Appliances and Equipment

Reduce Energy Demand of Computers, Appliances and Equipment

There are several technologies that can be considered, including:
• Installation of smart strips to reduce energy when not in use
• Replace older computers and appliances with ENERGY STAR® equipment
• Install controllers for beverage vending machines

Learn more about our appliance program

Real World Savings

K-12 School District - High School

K-12 School District - High School

Project Description

Addition of VFD on Hot Water Pump

  • Equipment Cost: $6,350
  • Incentive: $2,000
  • Annual Savings: 64,994 kWh
  • Payback with Incentive: Less than 8 Months*
*Payback calculated using $.10 / kWh electricity cost

K-12 School District - Multiple Buildings

K-12 School District - Multiple Buildings

Project Description

Installation of Building Controls, Retrocommissioning

  • Equipment Cost: $35,800
  • Incentive: $5,900
  • Annual Savings: 126,260 kWh
  • Payback with Incentive: 2.4 Years*
*Payback calculated using $.10 / kWh electricity cost

College/University

College/University

Project Description

Replacement of Interior/Exterior Lighting with LED

  • Equipment Cost: $59,000
  • Incentive: $9,070
  • Annual Savings: 181,445 kWh
  • Payback with Incentive: 2.75 Years*
*Payback calculated using $.10 / kWh electricity cost

Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S Department of Energy

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Sodexo is the designated program implementer for commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs for FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities. This website is maintained by Sodexo
The costs of energy efficiency programs are recovered through customer rates in accordance with PA Act 129 of 2008. For a complete list of commercial, industrial, residential, and low-income energy efficiency programs, please visit energysavePA.com. FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities, their parents, subsidiaries, employees, affiliates and agents assume no responsibility for the performance of the equipment or equipment warranty, the quality of the work, labor and/or materials supplied, and/or the acts or omissions of any contractor.