What You Can Do
The following ideas can help you evaluate the way your school uses energy and identify opportunities to conserve energy. These concepts will significantly reduce utility bills and other energy costs over one year.
Ensure lights are turned off when classrooms, washrooms, and offices are not being used. Post signs by light switches that will remind students and staff to turn off lights when leaving a room or office.
If using multi-lighted fixtures, have unnecessary lights removed. De-lamp two lights from four light fixtures.
Buy energy-efficient equipment. There are standard energy use tags attached to most new equipment that can help you determine which pieces will be the most efficient. This equipment may be more costly, but your utility bill savings will quickly make up for the extra cost.
Ensure that windows and doors are air-tight and are kept closed to prevent heat loss in the winter, and that windows are opened in the warmer months to provide natural ventilation.
Plant deciduous trees on the south side of the school to provide natural shade and cooling in the warmer months.
Place water filled containers (about the size of a brick) in toilet tanks to conserve water.
Recycle items such as newspaper, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles; recycling these items requires less energy than producing them from brand new, raw materials.
Use cold water when possible
Use energy-saving settings on computers and other equipment
Stop air leaks around windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Air leaks can rob your school of heat in the winter or make it too humid in the summer.
Clean or change air filters on your air heating system in the winter and on air conditioning units in the summer so that they work more efficiently.
We all have to change our ways.
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by Kevin Upton
Milan Area Schools
Energy Conservation Manager