What uses the most energy in K-12 schools
Electricity End Uses
Natural Gas End Uses
What's costing schools the most
|Average Electric Cost/Month
|Average Gas Cost/Month
|Energy Savings Potential
|Space Heating, Cooling and Ventilation
|Computing and Office Equipment
Ways to Save
- Simple: Seal around windows and doors with new caulk and weather stripping every few years to prevent energy loss and maintain comfort. Keep blinds or curtains closed during the day in warmer weather and keep them closed at night in colder weather to keep the heat inside.
- Low cost: Complete a building tune-up analysis to ensure mechanical equipment is operating efficiently. Install programmable thermostats to reduce heating and cooling load outside of school hours.
- Capital investment: Replace heating and cooling equipment with new energy efficient equipment.
Over $400 a month is spent in computing and office equipment energy use for schools. For some schools, cooking and serving food can also be a large energy expense.
- Simple: Manage the computer network to ensure computers go into low-power or “sleep” mode after a period of inactivity.
- Low cost: Add controls to vending machines to limit their energy use when not being used, such as outside of school hours.
- Capital investment: Upgrade to ENERGY STAR certified equipment, such as ENERGY STAR ovens, fryers, steamers, hot food holding cabinets, refrigerators and freezers.
Lighting in schools is important for students and teachers alike. Lighting typically costs schools $368 per month!
- Simple: Turn lights off when a space is not in use.
- Low cost: Install motion sensors to turn lights off for areas where lights may be left on for extended periods of time.
- Capital investment: Replace fluorescent lights with LEDs to see savings of up to 50%! In gymnasiums and auditoriums, replacing high bay lights will save on energy as well as maintenance costs due to the longer life span of LEDs. Replace exterior lights with LEDs to save even more.
Even a simple change in the water heater temperature can reap large benefits – each 10°F reduction in water heater temperature can save 3-5% in water heating costs.
- Simple: Lower your water heater temperature to 120°F and install low flow faucet aerators and pre-rinse spray valves.
- Low cost: Install a water heater jacket on tank-type water heaters and add pipe insulation to all accessible hot water piping.
- Capital investment: Replace older water heaters with high-efficiency models; look for natural gas water heaters with a Thermal Efficiency of 0.825 or greater.
See how your school compares
Average EUI for K-12 schools in the Midwest
9.8 kWh/square foot
0.33 therms/square foot