5 Ways to Improve Your Sustainability Plan
1. Replace old products such as kitchen equipment and HVAC systems with Energy Star® Equipment and Appliances. According to the EPA, Energy Star certified schools can save an average of 30% on their electric bill.
2. Switch to LED Lighting. LED's don't just save money. Students who attend schools that use LED lighting outperform students who attend schools that use fluorescent lighting. Additionally, according to the US Department of Energy Statistics, 30% of electrical energy consumption in schools is lighting.
3. Install WaterSense® and Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures. Institutional buildings can account for 17% of the municipal water demand in the United States. As significant water users, institutional facilities have the opportunity to conserve this precious resource and save on their operating costs.
4. Regularly tune-up and change filters in HVAC systems. The EPA reports that roughly 50% of schools have poor indoor air quality, which contributes to asthma, allergies and headaches. By maintaining your HVAC systems, you can reduce these common health problems and improve student performance.
5. Work closely with supply partners. Utilize vendors to work with keeping staff trained and to conduct periodic facility audits. SupplyWorks In-Site® for Education program is a no-cost program for SupplyWorks customers designed to enhance your operational efficiency by developing customized solutions. This includes benchmarking, best practice training, and detailed written procedures for greener, healthier and cost-efficient facilities.
Typical School Energy Use Distribution
According to the U.S. Department of Energy statistics, 30% of all electrical energy consumption in schools is lighting. When you consider the facts that electricity rates have increased steadily for decades, it only makes sense to install high performance, energy efficient lighting systems.
(*varies by climate)
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3. Commercial and Institutional End Uses of Water, American Water Works Association Research Foundation