According to the U.S. Department of Energy, K-12 school districts spend nearly $8 billion annually on energy costs, the second largest expense after teacher salaries. With efficiency upgrades, schools have the opportunity to reduce energy use and create a comfortable learning environment for teachers and students.
In addition to incentives and project support, the Sponsors of Mass Save offer K-12 schools a variety of resources, like teacher trainings and energy-saving fundraiser programs.
Improve the comfort and safety of your school with energy efficiency upgrades.
Key Energy-Saving Opportunities
1. Efficient Lighting DesignEnergy-efficient lighting in education environments can provide a better student and faculty experience. Indoor and outdoor LED lighting and controls use light and energy more efficiently, saving money and energy. LED lightbulbs are long-lasting and require fewer changes, freeing up maintenance time.
2. Building Insulation & Weatherization UpgradesBuilding envelope upgrades (increasing insulation, air-sealing, etc.) can be an effective way to improve the comfort of a school. Making improvements helps to both regulate the indoor climate (temperature control, air quality) and protect students and faculty from the outdoors (drafts, condensation).
3. Heating & Cooling Equipment UpgradesHeating and cooling are often the largest energy expense for schools. By properly maintaining equipment or upgrading to high-efficiency systems, your school can enjoy long-term reduced energy usage, decrease equipment maintenance time, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create a comfortable environment for your students.
4. Water Heating UpgradesHot water is used every day in a school, and it’s a cost that can add up quickly. Upgrade to higher-efficiency systems to lower heating expenses, decrease equipment maintenance time, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Case Study: Whitman-Hanson Regional High School
By incorporating sustainable design principles when building their school, this high school saw a carbon reduction of 5,789 tons.Download Case Study
Case Study: Sizer School
With the installation of 880 new LED light fixtures, this public school saved 85,000 kWh in energy.Download Case Study
Not Sure Where to Start?
If you’re looking for advice on how to save energy, the Sponsors of Mass Save offer energy assessments and guidance to support efficiency projects from start to finish.Learn More