Schools and Universities 2017-02-09T19:42:53+00:00

EFFICIENCY 101

 

Ready to make your school or university more energy and cost efficient?

 

ROLE OF ENERGY AUDIT

Knowledge is power. When you understand your usage, you can manage your energy costs more effectively and efficiently.

 

Although energy costs account for only 2% to 4% of school expenditures, they impact about 16% of controllable operational costs. Energy is one of the few expenses that you can reduce without negatively impacting classroom instruction. By implementing energy-efficient operations and maintenance strategies and incorporating efficient equipment into retrofits, your school can generate substantial energy cost savings while improving the physical environment of educational facilities.

A comprehensive energy audit is the first step in setting a strategy for reaching energy efficiency objectives. An energy aduit by trusted, third-party typically includes detailed assessment evaluating not only classrooms and facilities, but also kitchens, meeting rooms, and laundry facilities, etc. Based on a site visit by an experienced facility expert, an energy audit delivers insight specific to the building, guests needs, environment and utility provider

 

Did you know that school buildings in the U.S. use an average of 10 kilowatt-hours of electricity per square foot annually? Knowing where you use energy can help you identify ways to reduce your use and overhead.

Depending on the audit level, the final audit report may include:

 

  • Recommended changes to existing operations and procedures to save energy or water usage and costs.

  • Current carbon footprint and water usage date to meet reporting obligations.

  • Capital investments that will improve efficiency – together with the estimated time to generate a return.

  • Available incentives or rebates that offset investment costs.

  • Longer-term opportunities for improvements through renovations or upgrades.

  • The building’s current ENERGY STAR® rating and potential steps to improve it.