you save energy if your staff doesn't know what's expected?
simplest program designed to save energy can be effective and often
it's only a matter of getting people to change wasteful habits. Getting
your school district to start saving energy and money may be as simple
as putting in writing a few logical energy guidelines.
Elements to a Successful Energy Program
energy data and conduct an energy audit.
school board and top level administrative support.
a policy for long term energy management.
an energy manager.
support from maintenance and operations staff.
participants with incentives and recognition.
energy education with energy management.
individual school energy use and provide monthly reports.
the committed and innovative individuals at all levels.
- Set yearly
program goals and energy saving objectives.
California Energy Commission, Bright Ideas, 1992
District of Philadelphia started their Save Energy Campaign in 1983
and their policy goal was to save scarce resources without infringement
upon the educational mission of the School district. All operations
of the School District facilities are governed by these specifics.
- All lights
will be turned off in any area which will be unoccupied for a period
in excess of fifteen (15) minutes except for corridors, stairwells,
and at exits as required by code.
- The following
standard lighting levels shall be maintained:
A. Classrooms and offices 50 footcandles
B. Corridors 20 footcandles
C. Storage 10 footcandles
no circumstances will decorative lighting be permitted.
season temperatures of 68 degrees will be maintained in all classrooms
Cooling season temperatures will be 80 degrees.
Special consideration will
be given to certain preschool and special education classrooms where possible.
Warehouse and garage temperatures will be maintained at 55 degrees during
the heating season.
will not obstruct ventilation ducts or return air grills with books,
charts, furniture or plants.
- All windows
and doors must be kept closed during the heating season or when air-conditioning
units (refrigerated) are in operation.
and exits to all buildings shall be limited where possible in their
use to minimize heat loss.
windows, doors, etc. shall be reported to the building engineer in
a timely manner.
personnel or students found tampering with temperature regulating
devices such as thermostats or valves will be subject to disciplinary
space heaters of any kind are banned from use within School District
facilities as a matter of safety except where provided by Maintenance
and students are encouraged to wear sweaters, sweatshirts or similar
clothing when it is apparent that the heating plant is not uniformly
maintaining the desired temperature throughout all sections of a
group activities will not be scheduled in large areas such as auditoriums
and gymnasiums. Use of such areas will be coordinated with the custodial
staff to enable reduced lighting, heating or cooling during periods
- At the
end of the school or office day, all windows shall be closed, the
blinds or shades will be drawn to approximately 3/4 the distance
from the top of the window to the window sill and the lights turned
off. Cleaning staff will turn lights on only for the period when
a specific area is being cleaned.
Portable Classrooms: Possibly
the most energy intensive square footage on campus.
for washing and showers will be maintained at 105 degrees (F). Food
services operations requiring higher temperature levels by code shall
us a booster.
and/or similar appliances shall be limited in their use to certain
designated areas as determined by the principal or similar facility
Reprinted with permission from Energy Ideas, Vol. 4, No.3
vending machines and remove any food which will spoil. Unplug any refrigerators
which won't be in use. Turn off all pilot lights for the heating system
and the hot water heaters if not needed.